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.