Accomplishing “acts of love” with a heart like Esme!
"Accomplishing 'acts of love' with a heart like Esme"! - Why is this our slogan? Esme Cullen is the "mother" figure in the Cullen Clan. It is her love and caring that holds the Cullens together to form a family. We, as women and/or mothers, tend to be natural caregivers and Esme is to whom we can relate. It is her examples of love and acceptance that encourages us to do "acts of love" for our community with our passion for Twilight.
Here are some of things we have "accomplished" so far:
New Moon Movie Premiere - November 19, 2009 - raised over 1,000 pounds of food for the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank and $600 for Alex's Lemonade Stand and $200 for the Foundation for America's Blood Centers from the sale of Andrea Hayes book - Confessions of a Twilight Mom.
New Moon DVD Event - March of 2010 - raised $400 and pajamas (68), pillowcases (48), coloring books (96) and crayon sets (63) for Jay's Hope and $700 in cash for the Red Cross of Central Georgia.
March of Dimes Walk - April 2010 - We raised over $300 from our team that walked at their event.
Eclipse Movie Premiere - June 2010 - We raised $1,300 for Jay's Hope, $500 for the Red Cross, $2,500 worth of items were collected for military care packages for the Red Cross, nearly 40 pints of blood donated to the Red Cross and 70 people new registrations on the Bone Marrow Registry through Jay's Hope!
Jay's Hope Sweetheart - Abby Wilson - Twilight Theme Room Makeover - July 2010 - Abby is 12 years old and has a rare form of lung cancer. She is a Jay's Hope kid and a big Twilight Fan. We were excited to get the opportunity to re-do Abby's room! We are all officially Team Abby now!!
Bella and Edward's Wedding Celebration - August 2010 - We donated $200 in cash and $600 of items from our wedding celebration to our local Ronald McDonald House!
Bella's Birthday Celebration - September 2010 - We donated over 750 books to the Children’s Hospital along with 130 coloring books and 100 packages of color crayons! These items were brought to our membership dinner to celebrate Bella's birthday on September 13th.
Levee Fest - October 2010 - We volunteered at the Levee Fest held at Central City Park helping the Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful Commission keep up with the recycling during the festival. Showing a little love for Mother Earth!!
Central Georgia Heart Walk - Our team raised over $300 for the Central Georgia Heart Association and participated in their Heart Walk - October 2010.
Middle Georgia Buddy Walk - October 2010 - Our team walked and raised $250 for the Middle Georgia Down Syndrome organization.
NICU Reunion Party - October 2010 - Our Twilight Moms volunteered at the reunion party held by the Children’s Hospital for the children who had to spend time in the NICU at the Medical Center. This allowed the nurses to mingle with the kids more as our ladies helped run some of the booths of activities for the day.
Race for a Cure - October 2010 - We had a great group of ladies come out and support the Race for a Cure. Our team raised about $350 for the Komen Breast Cancer Research Group!
Jay’s Hope Walk – October 2010 – We had a group of 8 ladies walk in the Jay’s Hope Walk for Team Abby and raised about $300 for Jay’s Hope and $200 for Team Abby.
Locks of Love – We sponsored a Locks of Love Event at Signature Salon in Macon and Lutar Salon in Warner Robins that had 15 people donate their hair to make wigs for children with cancer. This will make about 2 wigs for kids with cancer. These wigs retail for $3,500-$6,000 and the Locks of Love Foundation makes these at no cost for children up to the age of 21 who have medical reasons for needing wigs to help boost their self-esteem. We plan to have more of these events in the future.
Habitat for Humanity Walk – November 2010 – We had a group of 7 ladies who walked and raised about $300 for Habitat for Humanity.
Alzheimer's Association Walk - November 2010 - We have about 7 ladies participate in the Alzheimer's Walk and raised $500 for the Alzheimer's Association.
Keep Macon Bibb Beautiful Commission - December 2010 - About 7 of our Twilight Moms helped hand out 2,500 cherry trees to residents of Macon/Bibb County in 4 hours!!
Eclipse DVD Release Party - December 2010 - We sponsored an Eclipse DVD Release Party where we were able to raise enough money from our Silent Auction event to purchase a digital camera and photo printer for the NICU unit to use in taking pictures of babies while their parents were away. We also collected nearly 350 canned goods for the Monroe County EMS Cans for Kids Drive. The Monroe County EMS won their contest to get pediatric equipment on their bus! A bake sale for Cookies for Kids Cancer was also held and we raised $150 for this wonderful charity. We also had over 350 boxes of crayons, coloring books and used childrens books collected for the Children's Hospital at the event.
Reindeer Run - December 2010 - We had 5 ladies participate in the Reindeer Run to benefit the Children's Hospital of Central Georgia. We were successful in raising $300 for this wonderful cause.
Jay's Hope Christmas Giving - Our organization adopted and helped provide Christmas gifts for 10 children involved with our local children's cancer organization - Jay's Hope!
Red Cross Blood Drive - December 2010, March 2011 - We were able to get 15 pints of blood donated in December and about 20 pints donated at our quarterly blood drive held in March of 2011. We will continue our commitment to help the Red Cross with Blood Drives to increase blood donations in our area.
Adopt-a-Spot KMBBC – January 2011 and December 2011 – We have spent nearly 3 hours one Saturday each quarter cleaning all of Peake Road (nearly 2 miles long). We average about 12 bags of trash on each clean-up day. Each time we have had about 5-10 volunteers on hand to help with the cleaning and making the area a little more beautiful.
“Go Red” for Bunko for the Heart Association – February 2011 – We had 108 players in our first Bunko event and raised about $2,500 for the Heart Association!
FairyTale Ball – Rooms from the Heart – February 2011 – Created and decorated the Hansel & Gretel area for the FairyTale Ball for the “Rooms from the Heart” organization that raised money to help fund room makeovers for seriously ill children in the Middle Georgia area.
Cherry Blossom Road Race & Wesley Glen – Volunteer Coordinator – March 26, 2011 – Twilight Moms will serve as volunteers and in charge of recruiting 60+ volunteers to help with the Cherry Blossom Road Race with race proceeds benefiting Wesley Glen Ministries. Wesley Glen Ministries serves adults with developmental disabilities by providing a home environment and continuum of programs to allow each individual to develop skills and greater confidence, living happy, full lives as contributing members of their Wesley Glen family and the surrounding community. Twilight Moms also hosted the first quarter Birthday Party for the 45 residents of Wesley Glen on March 15, 2011.
Abby’s Dream Walk – Sponsors/Volunteers – April 30, 2011 – Twilight Moms of Georgia were the sponsors and host of the first Annual Abby’s Dream Walk to help Abby Wilson, a 13-year-old who has been battling Stage 4 Lung Cancer for 4 years realize her dream to educate others on lung cancer awareness and that anyone can get lung cancer – even children and non-smokers. The event was attended by about 250 people along with a Twilight Star – Booboo Stewart – who plays “Seth” in the Twilight Saga Movies who came to help us get the word out about Abby’s Dream. About $3,500 was raised for Abby’s Medical Fund from the event.
Abby Wilson is a beautiful 14 year old girl who has been battling Stage 4 Lung Cancer since she was 9. We have been working with Abby and her family since the Eclipse premiere to try and help spread the word that anyone can get lung cancer - even a 9 year old girl. You do not have to smoke to get lung cancer. If you have lungs - you can get lung cancer. We have done many things to try and brighten Abby's days from giving her room a "Wolfpack" makeover to raising money to get her to Forks, WA (the home of Twilight) and Vancouver, BC where they filmed the movies. You can keep up with her fight with lung cancer on her CaringBridge page at this link - Abby's CaringBridge. There is also a blog page that is updated some with information on Abby and what her family is trying to do in the way of creating a foundation to help with lung cancer awareness.
Abby Wilson’s Wish Trip to Forks, WA – June 2011 - Vancouver, BC – Twilight Moms of Georgia, along with generous donations from the community, was able to grant the wish of Abby Wilson to see the home of Twilight. Abby and her mother Tina got to spend 5 days in Forks, WA and Vancouver, BC (where the movies were filmed) with several Twilight Moms from the Georgia area.
Blood Drive for the American Red Cross – July 2011 – Macon, GA – Twilight Moms of Georgia partnered with our local movie theater to host a blood drive the weekend of 4th of July in Honor of Those Who Serve. We were able to raise 40 pints of critically needed blood with the drive!! Everyone who came out was given a prize and we also did a drawing from all the donors (and those who attempted but couldn’t give) for a package of Twilight books and goodies valued at over $200!
Jasper’s Self-Defense Camp – August 2011 – Over 35 ladies attended our self-defense class and learned very valuable lessons in how to protect ourselves if we were being attacked. We had recently raised $250 for our local Crisis Line/Safe House through a Facebook Fan contest and were able donate an additional $250 from the camp. We also collected paper towels, toilet paper and a very large box FULL of travel size toiletries to be given to the Crisis Line/Safe House (an organization that help domestic violence victims in their efforts to leave a harmful environment).
Breaking Dawn Gala for Ronald McDonald House – August 13, 2011 – Twilight Moms of Georgia hosted an event to benefit the Ronald McDonald House with Twilight Star – Michael Welch in attendance. We collected over $7,000 in cash donations to the Ronald McDonald House and $2,000 worth of household items for the RMD House to use!
Bunco for Blood for the FABC – August 26, 2011 - The Twilight Moms of Georgia hosted a Bunco event that raised $500 for the Foundation for America’s Blood Centers.
Bella’s Birthday Bash – September 13, 2011 – Twilight Moms of Georgia collected gently used books and donated them to the local Children’s Hospital at a Twilight themed party to celebrate the character, Bella Swan’s birthday.
Blood Drive for the American Red Cross – October 25, 2011 – Our group sponsored a Halloween themed event at the donor center (Be “Fang”tastic – Donate Blood) where we got over 25 pints of blood donated.
Abby’s White-Out Party for Lung Cancer Awareness – November 5, 2011 – Our volunteers helped Abby’s Dream Foundation with its first annual event to bring attention to November being lung cancer awareness month.
Breaking Dawn Private Screening Party – November 17, 2011 – Our organization hosted a private screening party that raised $1,500 in cash for The Wounded Warrior organization and we collected over 560 new toys that were donated to the Marine’s Toys for Tots program.
Blood Drive for the American Red Cross – December 31, 2011 – Our group helped to host a blood drive at Amstar Theater where 14 pints of blood were donated at the end of the year drive.
Our group also participated in several walks in 2011 including the March of Dimes Walk (where we helped do face painting for the kids at the event), Race for a Cure, The Buddy Walk for Downs Syndrome, Walk to End Alzheimers, Chik-fil-a’s Habitat for Humanity Walk, and the Children’s Hospital Reindeer Run. We were really excited that we got to play "Santa" and bring some special Twilight gifts to a teenage patient who was getting treatment for leukemia at the Children’s Hospital.
Clean Adopt-a-Spot - January 2012 - A team of about 13 of us helped to clean our Adopt a Spot area. We collected 11 bags of trash in about 2 hours.
Go Red for Bunko - February 4, 2012 - We had a fantastic night spreading awareness that Heart Disease is the No. 1 Killer of women and playing Bunko for the American Heart Association. Our group raised $500 for the American Heart Association that night.
Masquerade Ball - September 15, 2012 - Another fantastic night spreading awareness about our local Crisis Line and Safe House. Guests brought over 500 items for the Safe House!
Breaking Dawn Part 1 DVD Release - 2012- Our organization participated in Breaking Dawn DVD Release events at 3 locations in the Middle Georgia area. We collected items for the Children's Hospital and were able to collect nearly 350 gently used children's books, 73 new preemie outfits, 120 packages of coloring crayons and 120 coloring books. We also collected 78 boxes of kid-style band-aids that the nurses at the hospital had specially requested.
Breaking Dawn part 2 Private screening - November 16, 2012- Our organization hosted a private screening party with Twilight star Daniel Cudmore!! We helped the theater collect canned goods for the Georgia food bank as well as toy for the Marine's toys for tots program. 558 toys were collected!!
Breaking Dawn Part 2 DVD Release - March 2013 - Esme's Heart held a DVD pre-release party at Amstar Theatres in Macon, GA with a movie showing of Twilight. We collected items for the Ronald McDonald House of Central Georgia and were able to collect over 150 items for the House. We also raffled baskets and had silent auction items to benefit Esme's Heart.
Cherry Blossom Road Race - March 23, 2013 - Our organization helped to sponsor and volunteer with the Road Race which benefits Wesley Glen Ministries here in Macon, GA. We had a Mardi-Gra themed birthday bash (at an earlier time) with the residents of Wesley Glen and we created the awards for the race with the residents.
We will continue to update this page as we continue to do "random acts of love" to help our community.