The Best Photos of 2013

It’s hard to believe that 2013 is already over. As you reflect, reminisce and resolve, enjoy some of our favorite photos of The Salvation Army’s work from 2013.

Your generous donations – reflected in these images – are vital in fulfilling The Salvation Army’s mission. We could not be more grateful for every dollar donated to our Red Kettles this Christmas season and for the millions of volunteers we see every year. We couldn’t do what we do without all of you. We hope you enjoy the collection of photos below as much as we do.

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A bell ringer gets into the spirit of Rock the Red Kettle in Minneapolis during a kickoff event on Nov. 9, 2013. Photo Credit:Craig Dirkes,

A bell ringer gets into the spirit of Rock the Red Kettle in Minneapolis during a kickoff event on Nov. 9, 2013. Photo Credit:Craig Dirkes – The Salvation Army Northern Division.

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The Eastside Salvation Army in St. Paul started a girls basketball program from scratch two years ago, and now the team almost never loses. In 2012/2013 the program included two teams, and their combined record was 61-9. Both teams have appeared in multiple state championship games. Photo Credit: Craig Dirkes – The Salvation Army Northern Division.

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Two girls enjoy the tranquility of The Salvation Army Northwoods Camp in Finlayson, Minn. Photo Credit: Craig Dirkes – The Salvation Army Northern Division.

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Portrait of Fannie Mae Anderson, a resident of The Salvation Army HOPE Harbor housing facility in Minneapolis. HOPE Harbor includes 96 units of permanent and transitional housing for low-income single adults and the chronically homeless. Photo Credit: Craig Dirkes – The Salvation Army Northern Division.

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Volunteers listen to instructions before a youth back-to-school shopping event in Coon Rapids, Minn., in August 2013. Photo Credit: Craig Dirkes – The Salvation Army Northern Division.

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Jeff Ansorge made local and national headlines this year after he quit his $80,000-per-year chef job at a fancy Minneapolis restaurant and traded it for his current job as head cook at the Eastside Salvation Army in St. Paul. “I wanted to do something with my culinary skills to serve the Lord,” he said. Photo Credit: Craig Dirkes – The Salvation Army Northern Division.

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The Young Professionals Group of the Twin Cities Salvation Army went on shopping spree Sept. 25 to buy $3,000 worth of food for the Twin Cities Salvation Army’s three new youth-only food shelves. Photo Credit:Craig Dirkes – The Salvation Army Northern Division.

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A child picks out a new shirt at a youth back-to-school shopping event in Coon Rapids, Minn., in August 2013. Photo Credit: Craig Dirkes – The Salvation Army Northern Division.

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This North Dakota man, who asked that we not disclose his name or exact location, plans to give The Salvation Army $10,000 per year until he dies, plus 10 percent of his entire net worth thereafter. It’s his way of thanking The Salvation Army for the help he received when he was homeless several times in his life. Oil companies have been paying him $40,000 per month for drilling rights to 400 acres of land he inherited. Photo Credit: Craig Dirkes – The Salvation Army Northern Division.

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The Twin Cities Salvation Army’s MOST Amazing Race, held July 20, 2013, opened with racers plunging off a 25-foot platform onto a cushy landing pad. Photo Credit: Craig Dirkes – The Salvation Army Northern Division.

2013 Southern California Music Theater Camp

A student studies video production at the Southern California Division’s Music Theater camp at Camp Mt. Crags. Photo Credit: John Docter-The Salvation Army USA Western Territory.

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A crafty camper at Camp Mt. Crags, Southern California. Photo Credit: John Docter-The Salvation Army USA Western Territory.

The Pasadena Prom Dress Project provides prom dresses and alternations for deserving high school seniors. Photo Credit: John Docter-The Salvation Army USA Western Territory.

The Pasadena Prom Dress Project provides prom dresses and alternations for deserving high school seniors.

The Pasadena Prom Dress Project provides prom dresses and alternations for deserving high school seniors. Photo Credit: John Docter-The Salvation Army USA Western Territory.

The Pasadena Prom Dress Project provides prom dresses and alternations for deserving high school seniors.

The Pasadena Prom Dress Project provides prom dresses and alternations for deserving high school seniors. Photo Credit: John Docter-The Salvation Army USA Western Territory.

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The Salvation Army Southern California Division Junior Music Camp at Camp Mt. Crags. July 2013. Photo Credit: John Docter-The Salvation Army USA Western Territory.

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The Salvation Army Southern California Division Junior Music Campers perform a ‘Stomp’ style number. Photo Credit: John Docter-The Salvation Army USA Western Territory.

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Deserving kids from Downtown Los Angeles area Salvation Army programs participate in the Target School Spree. Photo Credit: John Docter-The Salvation Army USA Western Territory.

New Cadets (ministers in training)  Ray  and Leona McGonigle and their son check out the view from their dorm room on move-in day.

New Cadets (ministers in training) Ray and Leona McGonigle and their son check out the view from their dorm room on move-in day. Photo Credit: John Docter-The Salvation Army USA Western Territory.

Salvation Army Singing Company (children's choir) performs at a Los Angeles area kettle kick-off.

Salvation Army Singing Company (children’s choir) performs at a Los Angeles area kettle kick-off. Photo Credit: John Docter-The Salvation Army USA Western Territory.

Christmas kettles. Photo Credit: John Docter-The Salvation Army USA Western Territory.

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The Spirit of Paradise taking children out into beautiful Dale Hollow Lake at Camp Paradise Valley. Photo Credit: Dave Haas-The Salvation Army USA Southern Territory.

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Captain Bill Mockabee preparing for the Native American awards night at Camp Paradise Valley. Photo Credit: Sean Gemmel-The Salvation Army USA Southern Territory.

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Lt. Alyssa Haygood receives her marching orders from Commissioner David Jeffrey. Photo Credit: Eli -The Salvation Army USA Southern Territory.

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O Boundless Salvation at Commissioning 2013. Photo Credit: Eli Silva-The Salvation Army USA Southern Territory.

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Memphis ARC men worshipping the Lord. Photo Credit: Eli Silva-The Salvation Army USA Southern Territory.

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An emotional embrace after the storm. Photo Credit: Eli Silva-The Salvation Army USA Southern Territory.

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A canteen bringing well needed food and water. Photo Credit: Eli Silva-The Salvation Army USA Southern Territory.

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Preparing to serve as another storm approaches. Photo Credit: Eli Silva-The Salvation Army USA Southern Territory.

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Entering the unknown to serve the many lives who lost everything. Photo Credit: Eli Silva-The Salvation Army USA Southern Territory.

Citizens Bank employees take children shopping for new winter outwear at Walmart. Photo Credit: The Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division.

Major Susan Mackneer helps a child shop for a new hat

Major Susan Mackneer helps a child shop for a new hat. Photo Credit: The Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division.

Divisional Commander, Major William Bode, poses with a child during a Pittsburgh Steeler shopping trip

Divisional Commander, Major William Bode, poses with a child during a Pittsburgh Steeler shopping trip. Photo Credit: The Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division.

SA children go shopping with the Pittsburgh Pirates

SA children go shopping with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Photo Credit: The Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division.

WTAE-TV Channel 4, Mike Clark, takes a SA child shopping for winter outwear. Photo Credit: The Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division.

Children enjoy dinner before shopping with The Pittsburgh Steelers. Photo Credit: The Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division.

All bundled up for winter. Photo Credit: The Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division.

Child shopping at Walmart. Photo Credit: The Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division.

Project Bundle-Up shopping trip at Walmart. Photo Credit: The Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division.

Photo Credit: The Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division.

SA volunteer helps a child buy a new winter coat. Photo Credit: The Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division.

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Adopt a Family. Photo Credit: The Salvation Army Southwest Ohio-Northeast Kentucky Division.

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Adopt a Family. Photo Credit: The Salvation Army Southwest Ohio-Northeast Kentucky Division.