On Monday, February 24th, The Salvation Army Orlando Metro Area Command lost one of its longest-sitting Board members, Mr. Carlton ‘Gene’ Colley. For over a decade, we served our community with the help of our generous donors, dedicated volunteers, and trusted Advisory Board. For more than a quarter of that decade, Gene Colley diligently served on our Advisory Board. Always fighting for our mission of #DoingTheMostGood, Gene Colley has played an intricate role in advancing our reach into the community by bringing vital resources and strong partnerships.

“Gene Colley was a wonderful person, gentleman, and a great friend of The Salvation Army,” said Gene Daniels, Salvation Army Orlando’s Director of Operations and longtime friend of Gene Colley. “I knew Gene for more than 20 years, and during that time, he was always working to help The Salvation Army and the community through his involvement with the Area Command and the Adult Rehabilitation Center. For a number of years, Gene worked to help people and The Salvation Army as an Advisory Board Member, Advisory Board Chair, coordinator of food drives, fundraisers, volunteer kettle bellringer, and a huge supporter of the Angel Tree. He did it all,” Daniels added. “The Salvation Army and Orlando have lost a great community friend with his passing”.

Every year, Gene Colley would spearhead his Rotary Club’s (East Orlando Winter Park) involvement in our Angel Tree Christmas Program. The group would adopt angels, fulfill their wish list items, and deliver their gifts to our Joy Center. Gene served also as the Chair of our Advisory Board from 1999 to 2000. He joined our board in 1993. In 2014, Gene Colley was named a Life Member for his dedication and work in our community. Since then, Gene Colley has volunteered his time serving meals to the less fortunate during our annual Thanksgiving feast, ringing bells during our iconic Red Kettle season, and rescuing Christmas for children and senior citizens. “Gene was not someone who would beat around the bush! You knew exactly where he stood,” said Danny Pressler, current Salvation Army Orlando Advisory Board member. “He was forthright and always tried to do the right thing on behalf of The Salvation Army. He will be sorely missed as a fellow board member and a friend,” Pressler added.

While the news of his passing leaves many in sorrow, the work and blueprints he left behind will live on. The Salvation Army Orlando Metro Area Command is honored to have worked with Gene Colley and our thoughts and prayers are with his family as they grieve.


To better meet needs, we are shifting our distribution to early afternoons.


February 23, 2021 | 1PM – 3PM


Who:    The Salvation Army Orlando Metro Area Command

What:   Our free weekly drive-thru food distribution has a new time! We will be handing out 300 fresh food boxes to families and individuals from 1 PM to 3 PM every Tuesday until further notice. Supplies are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. This free event is drive-thru only. Food resources for walk-ups and individuals on bicycles are available at our Social Services office, 400 West Colonial Drive in Orlando.

When:  February 23, 2021 | 1PM – 3PM

This event will reoccur every Tuesday until further notice.

Where: The Salvation Army Orlando Citadel – 440 West Colonial Drive.


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The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County spreads the love for their dedicated volunteers in the center spread of the February 26, 2021 issue of The Town Crier.


About The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County

The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1922, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 98 years. 

The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County renews valued partnership with #ENDITMOVEMENT. 

West Palm Beach, Florida (February 26, 2021) – On Thursday, February 25th, The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County joined 16 coalition partnerslocal residents, and individuals across the world, to participate in END IT DAY 2021. END IT DAY is an annual invitation of the #ENDITMOVEMENT coalition to take a stand against human trafficking. By utilizing a simple RED X drawn on the hand, END IT DAY calls others to join in the fight for freedom and to shine a light on human trafficking.

Majors Chip and Leisa HallArea Commanders of The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, along with Area Command department heads, blazed the path in the fight against human trafficking by boldly displaying the RED X on END IT DAY 2021 (Photo Attached). In addition, END IT DAY was observed at the Territorial Headquarters chapel service by inviting participants to pray for those experiencing human trafficking and to join in the END IT DAY movement.

The Salvation Army, among the largest global nonprofit providers of social services to people living in impoverished communities around the world, is deeply committed to the modern-day fight against human trafficking (for sexual and labor purposes) and forms of commercial sexual exploitation innately linked to sexual trafficking. This commitment emerges from both The Salvation Army’s mission – to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in His name without discrimination – and is rooted in the organization’s early history.

On the local level, The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County has partnered with Catholic Charities to provide a safe house for victims of Human Trafficking in Southeast Florida. Catholic Charities is providing supportive services (case management, transportation, community resources)Apart from providing safe 24/7 shelter, security, and meals, The Salvation Army Anti-Trafficking initiatives work alongside local law enforcement, FBI, ICE, and numerous other community partners to identify, rescue, and restore victims of forced labor and sexual exploitation. We help both foreign and domestic victims of all ages and ethnicities through our nationwide case management network.

The Salvation Army was founded in London, England, in 1865 by Catherine and William Booth. The Booths went against Victorian conventions and took their ministry to the dirty and dangerous streets of London’s east side where they reached out to the destitute and desperate. Their efforts eventually evolved into a battle to protect women and children from the horrors of sex trafficking. In the 1900s, the organization pioneered an undercover sex trafficking investigation, which directly shaped the Criminal Law Amendment Act of 1885.  

If you would like more information about The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, and/or to inquire how you can help the #ENDITMOVEMENT, please contact Frank Marangos, Director of Development and Communications at 561.686.3530 and/or visit www.salvationarmypalmbeachcounty.org. Facebook information can be found @salarmypbco. 

About The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County

The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1922, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 98 years. 

The February 26 – March 4 issue of the Palm Beach Society magazine features an article on The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County’s Director of Development and Communications, Frank Maragos’s, new weekly radio program, “Frankly Speaking” (p. 8). The issue also features a center spread thanking the dedicated volunteers of The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County.


Join Frank on “Frankly Speaking,” Saturdays at noon on WJNO 1290 AM, for insights on matters related to philanthropy and charitable contribution to the Palm Beach County community.

TSA PBC Love Volunteers Center Spread_Palm Beach Society_Feb21


About The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County:

The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1922, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 98 years.