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With the new year, we’re creating a refreshed look for this blog site! It’s almost ready to launch but we need a few more days. Here’s a sneak peek at one of the elements on the home page…

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A Salvation Army year-end in pictures!
December 31, 2014 – | No Comment

Performing at music camp. Credit: John Docter-The Salvation Army USA Western Territory.

Performing at music camp. Credit: John Docter-The Salvation Army USA Western Territory.


For the last few years our National Headquarters staff picks their favorite photos of the year and posts them to their blog on December 31st.

Each of the photos chosen this year were snapped by my colleague John Docter!

The photos provide a great glimpse into The Salvation Army’s world, complete with young musicians, officers (pastors) in training, donut lassies and notables like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jeremy Lin and Luc Robitaille joining us to serve needy people who God loves!

We’re reposting the piece in its entirety below with credit to Jackie Renard.

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As 2014 comes to an end and we gear up for a brand new year, many are partaking in the traditions of reflection and resolution. For the past three years, we’ve started a little tradition of of compiling some of our favorite photos of The Salvation Army’s work from the past year.

We are truly blessed for your generous support and for every dollar donated to our Red Kettles this Christmas season and for the millions of volunteers we see every year. Your generous donations are crucial in fulfilling The Salvation Army’s mission to Do The Most Good.We couldn’t do it without you.

Hope you enjoy a look at our work in 2014. Happy New Year!

SA flag bearerA Salvation Army flag bearer rehearses for the Tournament of Roses Parade. Credit: John Docter-The Salvation Army USA Western Territory.

A young musician at a Salvation Army music camp.A young timbrelist performs at a Salvation Army music camp. Credit: John Docter-The Salvation Army USA Western Territory.

A 'donut lassie' at a Los Angeles area National Donut Day event.A Salvation Army ‘donut lassie’ at a Los Angeles area National Donut Day event. Credit: John Docter-The Salvation Army USA Western Territory.

SA Arnold FTTArnold Schwarzenegger helps fill a Salvation Army canteen with toys as part of the Walmart’s Fill the Truck toy drive. Credit: John Docter-The Salvation Army USA Western Territory.

SA Lin InglewoodLos Angeles Lakers players Jeremy Lin and Ed Davis distribute frozen turkeys, pies and all the trimmings for a thanksgiving meal to 300 deserving families at The Salvation Army Inglewood corps. Credit: John Docter-The Salvation Army USA Western Territory.

SA Lisa and LucInside Edition’s Lisa Guerrero and hockey great Luc Robitaille (left) help kick off the Southern California Christmas Kettle season. Credit: John Docter-The Salvation Army USA Western Territory.

SA cadetsThe 2014-2016 class of Salvation Army cadets (ministers in training) are welcomed at a meeting in Cerritos, California. Credit: John Docter-The Salvation Army USA Western Territory.

WMI 2014A young musician at a Salvation Army music camp. Credit: John Docter-The Salvation Army USA Western Territory.

Salvation Army flag bearers rehearse for the Tournament of Roses Parade.Salvation Army flag bearers rehearse for the Tournament of Roses Parade.Credit: John Docter-The Salvation Army USA Western Territory.

Do gooders like you helped make Christmas brighter for kids from 1 to 92!
December 23, 2014 – | Comments Off
Do gooders like you helped make Christmas brighter for kids from 1 to 92!

There’s a lot of talk around The Salvation Army about kids this time of year. Our legendary Christmas programs include a number of ways for do gooders to care for kids whose families can’t afford Christmas. But did you know that there are several programs which provide Christmas cheer for senior citizens who have few people in their lives left to care for their needs this time of year?

YouTube talents encourage donors to give to The Salvation Army
December 19, 2014 – | Comments Off
YouTube talents encourage donors to give to The Salvation Army

This year’s Rock the Red Kettle Concert was incredible! We were blessed to have talented artists such as Shawn Mendes, Becky G, R5, Bea Miller, Exist Elsewhere, and Josh Levi grace the stage in support of our 124th Red Kettle Campaign. What we didn’t know that night was that watching from the audience was a pair of talented young women who not only heard our message about Doing The Most good and giving back this holiday season, but took it upon themselves to help us spread the word.

Do Gooders across the US share their #SalvationArmy #RedKettleReason
December 17, 2014 – | Comments Off
Do Gooders across the US share their #SalvationArmy #RedKettleReason

If you’re active in social media, you’ve probably seen a lot about The Salvation Army’s #RedKettleReason campaign this year. We’re asking the millions of do gooders who support our Army to tell us why they give. So far, more than 62,000 #RedKettleReasons have been shared.

Food 4 Less, Rancho San Miguel Markets & Jamberry Nails: 3 companies with heart!
December 15, 2014 – | Comments Off
Food 4 Less, Rancho San Miguel Markets & Jamberry Nails: 3 companies with heart!

Like people, companies have values. And they often have hearts too. Two grocery stores and one beauty product company decided that they could do some good this Christmas season for people in need by going a little above and beyond.

Ultra-endurance athlete Jason P Lester runs to support Christmas for kids
December 12, 2014 – | Comments Off
Ultra-endurance athlete Jason P Lester runs to support Christmas for kids

Jason P. Lester is an not just an elite athlete, he’s an ultra-endurance athlete. To give you a sense of what that means, he just ran 2,600 miles across the Great Wall of China in 83 days! He’s using his incredible training and stamina for good by running non-stop run for 72-plus hours to raise toys and funds to support Christmas for kids in need in Hawaii.

Salvation Army major reaches halfway mark in his #RingingTo150 quest
December 11, 2014 – | Comments Off
Salvation Army major reaches halfway mark in his #RingingTo150 quest

Major Butch Soriano has reached the halfway mark in his quest to ring the bell at his kettle for 150 hours!

Salvation Army and Marines’ Toys for Tots are making Christmas happen in SoCal!
December 10, 2014 – | Comments Off
Salvation Army and Marines’ Toys for Tots are making Christmas happen in SoCal!

US Marines in full dress uniform! Yep, I thought that might get your attention. This time of year The Salvation Army in Southern California gets to see a lot of the Marines. For the last three years, we’ve been the distribution partner for their famous Toys for Tots campaign. It’s estimated that we’ll get a whopping 150,000 toys from them to give to kids whose families are struggling to provide Christmas this year!

Maj Butch Soriano is @RingingTo150 to highlight the red kettle & Salvation Army history
December 9, 2014 – | Comments Off
Maj Butch Soriano is @RingingTo150 to highlight the red kettle & Salvation Army history

Yesterday morning at “zero dark thirty” – 4:00AM to be exact – Major Butch Soriano took up his bell and starting ringing at his kettle in front of the Walmart in Murrieta, California. “Why so early, Major Butch?,” you ask. He’s on a quest for bellringing history.