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Royer’s Kids Club offers free St. Patrick’s Day event March 17

If you can’t have a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, then the next-best thing just might be a free Royer’s Kids Club event on March 17 to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Children ages 5 to 12 will have an opportunity to make a St. Patrick’s Day arrangement and will receive a balloon.

Time slots are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Because space is limited, we encourage you to call or visit your nearest store right away to register.

To join the kids club, click here.

Riding with Roger

Roger Walton used to work in financial management as a civilian employee of the Department of the Navy.

“I enjoyed it, but after a while, those spreadsheets got to be a little too much,” he quipped.

In retirement, he works as a part-time delivery driver for Royer’s. He joined the company seven years ago, first working out of its old store in Mechanicsburg and now in Carlisle. Twice Roger has been honored as Royer’s driver of the year.

“I couldn’t ask for better people to work for,” he said. “They are nice people and they really know what they’re doing. They make beautiful arrangements that I get to deliver and get the compliment, which I bring back to them.”

On a cold, sunny Friday morning in late January, Roger started his work day with six deliveries. They expressed a range of sentiments, from birthday wishes to sympathy for a mother mourning the loss of her son. At a workplace, the recipient explained to her colleagues that the flowers were from her financial planner.

Royer’s drivers won’t leave flowers and plants if the intended recipients aren’t home and the temperature is too cold or too hot. First the drivers will attempt to leave the packages with a neighbor. Failing that, the drivers will leave a note to coordinate a later delivery.

“Sometimes I’ve had people say, ‘Well, I really don’t know my neighbors,’ ” Roger said. “And I said, ‘This would be a great opportunity to get to meet them and talk a little bit to them.’ ”

Delivering smiles

The Carlisle store delivers to a sizable geographic area, from western Perry County down to the Gettysburg area, Roger said. In a typical day, a driver might cover 200 miles.

Valentine’s Day is among the busiest times of year for Royer’s and other florists. It’s a time for expressing love, of course, but Roger also remembers his first Valentine’s Day working in Carlisle.

“I ended up hitting a deer with a full van of arrangements,” he said. The arrangements had to be transferred to a second van, returned to the store to be inspected for damage, and then delivered.

Roger’s van had to be towed back to the store.

“And I’ll tell you, for a while after that, I was pretty skittish going around corners in forested areas,” he said.

But here he is, years later, continuing to enjoy his time with Royer’s.

“I do really enjoy bringing smiles to peoples’ faces,” he said. “And I think an arrangement of flowers does that as well as anything.”

Valentine’s Day: from field to front door

Whether you’re a planner or procrastinator, online or in-store shopper, you can expect the same high-quality product and customer service from Royer’s.

We really shine at Valentine’s Day. It’s our busiest time, and we enjoy the challenge of rising to the occasion. If a customer buys flowers once per year, it’s probably for Feb. 14. And with matters of the heart, the pressure really ramps up to deliver in a special way, for lovers and florists alike.

We handle a similar volume of orders during the Christmas season, but that’s over a month or longer. By comparison, the Valentine’s Day “season” squeezes a similar volume into several days.

FROM SOUTH AMERICA, WITH LOVE

But behind the scenes, Valentine’s Day is months in the making, and it takes us thousands of miles from our stores.

You see, we don’t just place a phone call and wait for roses to come to us. We go directly to the flower farms in South America, where we can see firsthand the crop that’s being grown just for our customers. This way we can make sure everything is to our satisfaction. If there are problems, then we have more time to correct them.

Once the Valentine’s Day crop is harvested, it is flown to Miami, where it is inspected by U.S. customs officials. From there, we move the flowers to a refrigerated tractor-trailer for their journey to Royer’s corporate complex in Lebanon.

The truck is unloaded at our distribution center. The flowers are either picked up by drivers from our stores or, more likely, headed to the back of the building and our central design department.

CENTRAL DESIGN: THE HEART OF THE OPERATION

The demand is so great at Valentine’s Day that our stores simply can’t accommodate all the work. They get a big assist from central design, where teams of workers gather around long tables to pack roses in boxes or turn them and other flowers into beautiful arrangements.

Whether you give or receive Valentine’s Day roses, or both, we want to make sure you get the most out of them. In fact, with the right amount of care, you should be able to keep your roses looking just rosy for a week.

Click here for specific care instructions, which differ depending on whether your roses arrived in a vase or loose in a box. Either way, it’s best to keep them cool and, of course, sufficiently watered.

From the farm to your front door, we love making Valentine’s Day special for our customers.

Thanks for letting us show you how.

Royer’s Kids Club offering four more events in 2018

Thank you to everyone who joined us Jan. 20 for the first of five kids club events planned for 2018.

Be sure to mark your calendars as you won’t want to miss these upcoming events:

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day theme

June 23: Stems Hunger food drive/Fourth of July

Aug. 25: Fall

Nov. 10: Bouquets for Books/Holidays for Heroes

Kids club events are open to children ages 5 to 12. To get the most out of the kids club, it’s best to register for it here or by stopping by any of our stores.

You’ll receive a membership card and Buds, our quarterly email kids club newsletter, which will tell you about opportunities to win prizes and support our charitable events.

We look forward to seeing you soon at another fun, free kids club event!

 

You’re going to love the kids club’s free Valentine’s Day-themed event Jan. 20

The 2018 Royer’s Kids Club season kicks off Jan. 20 with a sweetheart of an offer: a free Valentine’s Day-themed event.

Children ages 5 to 12 will have an opportunity to make a special arrangement in a heart teacup and will receive a balloon.

Time slots are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Registration is required by calling your nearest store.

Thank you for donating hundreds of cards and coloring pages to ‘Holidays for Heroes’

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Thanks to your generosity, Royer’s has collected hundreds of holiday cards and coloring pages for the American Red Cross’ “Holidays for Heroes” program.

We presented three bags full of the items, which will be distributed to active military and veterans at military installations, VFWs, American Legions, the Lebanon VA and retirement homes in 22 counties in central Pennsylvania.

Royer’s invited customers to drop off the items at any of our stores from Nov. 11-Dec. 4.

The Red Cross (redcross.org/centralpa) prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Last year in central Pennsylvania, the Red Cross assisted more than 2,100 people affected by nearly 750 local disasters.

Royer’s annual book drive collects nearly 1,200 new children’s titles for public libraries

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Royer’s annual book drive collected 1,162 new children’s titles for public libraries in the seven counties where the company operates.

Bouquets for Books, which ran Oct. 28-Nov. 11, has yielded nearly 18,000 books in its 12-year history.

Anyone who donated a new children’s book was eligible to receive a free bouquet. Here are the libraries and the number of books presented to them this year:

  • Berks County Public Libraries: 142
  • Cumberland County Library System: 152
  • Dauphin County Library System: 92
  • Hershey Public Library (independent): 89
  • Middletown Public Library (independent): 20
  • Franklin County Library System: 49
  • Lebanon County Libraries: 125
  • Library System of Lancaster County: 227
  • York County Library System: 266

Royer’s employees donate $520 to Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition

From left, Lori Emerich, assistant manager at Royer’s Flowers in Lebanon, and Kristen Snoke, community outreach director, Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition.

It may be the season of red and green, but pink also holds a prominent place at Royer’s Flowers & Gifts.

Royer’s employees this fall raised $520 for the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition with their purchases of pink polo shirts. For each Royer’s-logoed shirt they bought, the employees contributed $10 to the nonprofit coalition.

Royer’s employees undertook a similar fundraiser in fall 2016, collecting $1,510 for the coalition for the two years combined. Meanwhile, since 2015 Royer’s has raised another $7,730 for the coalition through the year-round sale of its “Power of Pink” arrangement.

“We sincerely appreciate the steadfast support that Royer’s and its employees have shown to our organization,” said Kristen Snoke, the coalition’s community outreach director. “We will continue to put their donations to good use on behalf of breast cancer survivors.”

The Lebanon-based coalition (pabreastcancer.org) represents, supports and serves breast cancer survivors and their families in Pennsylvania through educational programming, legislative advocacy and breast cancer research grants.

10 area high schools benefit from Royer’s homecoming fundraiser

Royer's homecoming

Homecoming was an easy win for 10 area high schools that participated in Royer’s fundraiser.

By signing up, the schools’ homecoming committees earned a 10 percent commission on their portions of online corsage and boutonniere sales that totaled $4,538.52. 

The participating high schools: Cedar Cliff, Cedar Crest, Central Dauphin, Central York, Christian School of York, Ephrata, Hershey, Manheim Township, Northern, Warwick.

The schools may use the reimbursed funds at their discretion.

Royer’s plans to offer similar fundraisers next year for homecoming and prom, again open to all high schools in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon or York counties.

For more information, contact Jaime Kevles, Royer’s marketing coordinator, at jaime.kevles@royers.com.

 

 

Royer’s collecting cards and coloring pages Nov. 11-Dec. 4 for Red Cross’ ‘Holidays for Heroes’

Royer's Holidays for Heroes

Royer’s Flowers will collect cards and coloring pages for active military and veterans in each of its stores Nov. 11-Dec. 4 as part of the American Red Cross’ “Holidays for Heroes” program.

Collected cards and coloring pages will be handed over to the Red Cross, whose volunteers will organize them for delivery. Destinations include military installations, VFWs, American Legions, the Lebanon VA and retirement homes in 22 counties in central Pennsylvania.

Cards may be dropped off at any Royer’s during normal business hours. Coloring pages are available at the stores or can be downloaded here:

Christmas Tree

Santa

Ornament

Reindeer

Dreidel

The Red Cross offers these guidelines for preparing cards:

  • Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member” as cards addressed to specific individuals cannot be delivered through this program.
  • Include messages of support and thanks.
  • Sign your name to them.
  • Don’t include letters or other personal information (photos, addresses).
  • Refrain from choosing cards with glitter.

The American Red Cross (redcross.org/centralpa) prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Last year in central Pennsylvania, the Red Cross assisted more than 2,100 people affected by nearly 750 local disasters.