MIDLOTHIAN – Me and My House and businesses in Midlothian Plaza will host a Chili Cook-Off and blood drive from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Feb. 2 in the plaza parking lot at 1000 E. Main Street in Midlothian.

Me and My House owners Chris and Carrie Brown said 100 percent of the money raised through the event will be donated to the Midlothian Firefighters Association for victims of fires.

“I was a victim of a fire and we all made it out. All we lost were material things, but I remember seeing our whole life on fire,” Carrie Brown said. “This is something that’s always been dear to me.”

The other businesses helping to host to the event include Growing Idea Florist and Gifts, Caroline’s Country Cafe, Main Street Gym, Sheer Designs, NLS Custom Apparel and Hero’s Pet Supplies.

The cook-off will include vendors, a bounce house and a Midlothian Fire Department fire engine with firefighters and their families present.

“We’re expecting about 30 vendors and would like to see about 20 chili cookers, but the more participants and vendors and cookers we have, the bigger it will be and the more money we can raise,” Carrie said.

Registration for chili cookers costs $20 and $30 for vendors. Registration opened Thursday, Dec. 27 and continues until Jan. 15. Forms can be picked up at any of the participating businesses or printed online from Me and My House’s website at www.mmhgallery.com. Cookers can begin setting up their equipment at 10 a.m. and prizes will be awarded to the top three cookers.

“We hope to host this event every year,” Carrie said. “Even if people don’t come to cook or host a vendor booth, they should at least come enjoy the event and donate blood.”

Carter BloodCare will be on site with a blood donation bus available for anyone wishing to donate blood. As always, blood donors should be healthy adults and eat a full meal before giving blood.

Carrie said in addition to raising money for the association, she hopes the event will attract attention to the businesses in the Midlothian Plaza.

“We have people come in all the time that didn’t even know the plaza was here,” she said. “Some Midlothian residents who have been here for years don’t even know we’re here.”

Me and My House is a consignment shop and takes its name from the Bible verse Joshua 24:15, “And if it seem evil to you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

For more information about the chili cook-off and blood drive, contact Carrie Brown at carrie@mmhgallery.com.

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