Each weekend, we feature one B who’s making a difference in her community. We wonder: how can we give back, especially when money is short? When we feel so overburdened ourselves, how can we find the energy/time/resources to help others? With these questions in mind, we bring you examples of women who find creative, meaningful ways to give. Click ‘comments’ above and tell us what you do! You might be featured here as an inspiration next Saturday.

Today’s Queen B of Giving Back is Petra Cochran of Houston, Texas. She’s part of a fantastic mother’s group. These B’s do more with their mommy group than complain about lack of sleep. Don’t get us wrong: every mother has the right to complain all she wants about lack of sleep! But this group does much more.

Here’s Petra’s message:

Our Mommy group does a service project a couple of times a month. We go and visit the senior assisted living/ respite care facility in our area and visit with the seniors. Our kids love it and the seniors do as well. It is a very rewarding outing every other week.

We are a group of 32 moms with kids, mostly three and under. We have one organizer and three assistant organizers. We try to do a couple of events/activities a week, and the Senior Visitation is our only repeat event every other week. We started going last summer and really enjoyed it. I contacted the Senior Living center and asked the activities director what she thought and she liked the idea. We have been going ever since. We try to limit it to 6 Moms with kids because we do not want to make the senior crazy with a whole group of screaming kiddos. Even though they would probably love it. Sometimes we bring books to read, colors, or a game. Mostly we just sit and visit. We also do a “walk through, “a very short visit to the respite care residents mostly Alzheimer residents.

Thanks for writing in, Petra. This is a simple, achievable, thrifty idea we’re sure brings lots of joy to everyone involved.