The Best Photos of 2012

A picture is worth a thousand words, so we compiled some of our favorite images of The Salvation Army’s work from 2012. Of course, it’s impossible to capture all of the best photos from this last year since the Army serves in almost every zip code and our programs are as unique as the communities in which we serve.

But we hope the following photos will touch your hearts as they did ours, and affirm every coin and dollar you donated to our Red Kettles this Christmas. We are beyond blessed for your generous support this season and for the 3.5 million volunteers who make our work possible each year.

We hope you enjoy. Happy New Year!

At The Salvation Army in Southern California.

The Salvation Army Southern California Division’s Junior Music Camp

Band members of Owl City served lunch at The Salvation Army in Dallas, TX.

Music students of The Salvation Army Kroc Community Center in Omaha, NE.

Hot Chelle Rae, one of The Salvation Army’s 3rd annual Rock the Red Kettle concert performers in Los Angeles.

The Salvation Army secured 50 prom dresses from members of the Lake Mille Lacs community in northern Minnesota so that 13-year-old Deonna Day could have a prom before she died of cancer. Photo Credit: Craig Dirkes – The Salvation Army Northern Division

Waiting room of The Salvation Army in the oil boomtown of Williston, ND. Photo Credit: Craig Dirkes – The Salvation Army Northern Division

Little bell ringers in Omaha, NE.

 

Kicking off the 122nd annual Red Kettle Campaign with the City Lights event in The Salvation Army, Kansas & Western Missouri.

Serving a K9 flood survivor in Duluth, Minn., after flash-floods decimated much of the city. Photo Credit: Craig Dirkes – The Salvation Army Northern Division

Bell ringers of all ages in Omaha, NE.

Portrait of Schneider Chery, resident of The Salvation Army youth housing program in St. Paul, MN. Originally from Haiti, he became homeless while in the U.S. for eye surgery. Photo Credit: Craig Dirkes – The Salvation Army Northern Division

After-school program at the Lakewood Salvation Army in Maplewood, MN. Photo Credit: Craig Dirkes – The Salvation Army Northern Division

Children playing at The Salvation Army North Corps in Omaha, NE.

Lt. John Fetzer of The Salvation Army Western Divisional Headquarters in Omaha, NE.

A woman asks for Salvation Army services in Williston, ND. Photo Credit: Craig Dirkes – The Salvation Army Northern Division

The Salvation Army Malibu Canyon Dirt Dash in Southern California.

Serving lunch at the Eastside Salvation Army in St. Paul, MN. Photo Credit: Craig Dirkes – The Salvation Army Northern Division

The Salvation Army’s national partnership with Target provides back-to-school essentials to children in need.

Serving meals in Southern California.

The Salvation Army, Kansas & Western Missouri’s annual Civic Lunch featured special guest, Al Roker.

Enjoying a work out at a Salvation Army senior citizen center in Southern California.

 

Preparing an evening community meal at The Salvation Army in Hibbing, MN. Photo Credit: Craig Dirkes – The Salvation Army Northern Division

85-year-old volunteer Roger Bergman of Cambridge, MN. Photo Credit: Craig Dirkes – The Salvation Army Northern Division

A boy in Willmar, MN walks away with a sack lunch he received from The Salvation Army’s Mobile Outreach Meals program. Every weekday, staff and volunteers drive a canteen to local mobile home parks and distribute lunches to children. Photo Credit: Craig Dirkes – The Salvation Army Northern Division

The Salvation Army, Kansas & Western Missouri’s Honk ‘n Holler program, a mobile homeless outreach program in Kansas City. Volunteers go out three days a weekto bring food, drinks, and other essential items such as warm coats and gloves to the homeless living in camps, abandoned buildings and other areas.

Captain Kroc, the mascot of The Salvation Army’s Kroc Community Center in Omaha, NE.

Music students of The Salvation Army’s Kroc Community Center in Omaha, NE.

Allie Baxter of The Salvation Army Western Divisional Headquarters in Omaha, NE gears up for the Red Kettle Run.

Red Kettle contributors in The Salvation Army Western Territory

Kenny Chesney, The Salvation Army’s 2012 Red Kettle Kick-Off Performer at Dallas Cowboys stadium on Thanksgiving Day.

Lt. Randy Stahl of the Hibbing, MN Salvation Army

Distributing socks to those in need in Southern California thanks to a national partnership with Hanes.

Serving thousands in Manhattan in the dark after Hurricane Sandy’s devastating blow.

Kelly Osbourne assists The Salvation Army with Hurricane Sandy disaster relief efforts.

Serving survivors – young and old – of Hurricane Sandy