Southside Precinct Commander, Capt. Terry Shoop (left) and Crime Prevention Officer Cpl. John Simmons flank Evelyn Saum, Bea McNeely and Louise Gardner

Southside Precinct Commander, Capt. Terry Shoop (left) and Crime Prevention Officer Cpl. John Simmons flank Evelyn Saum, Bea McNeely and Louise Gardner

SAVANNAH, GA. (January 6, 2014): Residents and staff of the Marshes of Skidaway today donated about 100 new, hand-decorated bears to Metro Police to be distributed to children affected by crime.

Women who live and work in the Marshes decorate the bears each year, often hand-knitting parts of the costumes. The bears are hung on a Christmas tree in the Marshes lobby until New Years and then packaged for transfer to police.

The effort was led by Janet Saylor, a resident of the Marshes who also is a member of the Salvation Army Auxillary. The Salvation Army donates the bears that are then decorated.

Officers of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department keep the bears in their police cars to be given to children who could be overlooked when their families are affected by crimes.