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100-year-old Sierra Vista resident honored for her community service

Rep. McSally presented a Congressional Certificate of Recognition to Pearl with her family present. (Source: Communications Director in U.S. Rep. McSally's office) Rep. McSally presented a Congressional Certificate of Recognition to Pearl with her family present. (Source: Communications Director in U.S. Rep. McSally's office)
Rep. McSally being shown some of “Pearl’s Magic Frogs,” which will be given to children by the Fry Fire Department (Source: Communications Director/U.S. Rep. McSally's office) Rep. McSally being shown some of “Pearl’s Magic Frogs,” which will be given to children by the Fry Fire Department (Source: Communications Director/U.S. Rep. McSally's office)
Pearl shows Rep. McSally photos taken along with Fry firefighters, who recently attended Pearl’s 100th birthday celebration. (Source: Communications Director in U.S. Rep. McSally's office) Pearl shows Rep. McSally photos taken along with Fry firefighters, who recently attended Pearl’s 100th birthday celebration. (Source: Communications Director in U.S. Rep. McSally's office)
SIERRA VISTA, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Pearl O'Neil was recently visited by U.S. Representative Martha McSally and presented a certificate. On Wednesday, Pearl was presented a Congressional Certificate of Recognition for her many years of working with the community, including 17 years of volunteer work at Huachuca City schools.  

She is also an avid gardener and is one of three founding members of the Sierra Vista Area Gardeners' Club. Pearl also spends her time sewing and knitting what are called by local firefighters, "Pearl's Magic Frogs".  Once the frogs are done they are donated to the Fry Fire Department to be given to kids who have been in an accident or have to ride in an ambulance.  

"What an honor it was to meet Pearl, someone who’s given so much of her time and talents to serve our community,” said Rep. McSally, in a recent release. "At 100 years old, she’s incredibly active and still giving back, sewing her 'magic frogs' to provide comfort to kids in often traumatic or scary experiences. She really is a model of selfless service, and it was inspiring simply to meet and spend time with her."

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