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Royer’s Stems Hunger collects 1,700 pounds of nonperishable food for area food banks

A big thanks to everyone who contributed to this year’s Royer’s Stems Hunger food drive.

With your help, we collected 1,706 pounds of nonperishable items, bringing the food drive’s seven-year total to more than six tons.

Royer’s Stems Hunger, which took place June 17-July 1, collected 163 pounds for the Greater Berks Food Bank and 1,543 pounds for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.

For each nonperishable food item, donors received a free carnation.

Besides Royer’s 16 stores, the food drop-off locations included Drayer Physical Therapy Institute outpatient centers in Carlisle, Dillsburg, Harrisburg, Hummelstown, Lancaster, Mount Joy and York.

Photo: Royer’s in West York collected the most pounds of nonperishable food (194) among our 16 stores. From left, Jamie Raffensberger, sales; Kelly Miller, assistant manager; Jackie Dahms, store manager; Jontra Marquardt, sales; Chris Lentz, designer.


Entries due July 31 for this year’s name-the-arrangement contest

One of our new arrangements, debuting this fall, has all kinds of color, thanks to two short-stemmed orange roses, a mini green hydrangea, a hot pink rose spray and purple statice.

But what the arrangement doesn’t have is a name. This is where you come in.

Royer’s is holding an online name-the-arrangement contest, with the winner receiving one of the arrangements as his or her prize.

The deadline for entries is July 31. Limit one entry daily per email address.

Click here to enter.

Good luck!


Marisa Heisey of East Lampeter wins Royer’s Kids Club birthday card design contest

Marisa Heisey still has a newspaper article on her bulletin board about winning the Royer’s Kids Club back-to-school coloring contest in 2011.

Six years later, she’s going to need another thumbtack.

Marisa, who is entering seventh grade at Gerald G. Huesken Middle School in the Conestoga Valley School District, won this year’s edition of the Royer’s Kids Club birthday card design contest.

Her design will be featured on the electronic card that Royer’s Kids Club members will receive on their birthdays in the coming year. Her prize is a free flower delivery on her birthday.

Marisa is the daughter of Nevin and Joy Heisey, East Lampeter Township. The couple’s son, Alex, won the kids club birthday card contest in 2010.

The Royer’s Kids Club is free to ages 5 to 12. With parental permission, children may register for the kids club online or at any Royer’s store. Kids club benefits include a membership card, online activities, quarterly e-mail newsletter, contests and in-store events.


Plants and pets: know the facts to keep dogs and cats healthy

No plant says Christmas quite like the poinsettia. But nary a holiday season goes by without poinsettias being negatively associated with pet health.

Yet the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says poinsettias “may be the most misrepresented plant when it comes to toxicity. Since 1919 poinsettias have been called lethal if ingested by pets. However, many animal studies have shown that it is just not true.”

Relatively few plant and flower species are dangerous to pets, and the effects can range widely.

As the ASPCA notes, poinsettias and other holiday plants are not good for pets to ingest, potentially irritating the mouth and stomach and sometimes causing vomiting, but generally are “over-rated in toxicity.”

The same can’t be said about lilies and cats. Eating just a couple of leaves or licking a few pollen grains off their fur can quickly cause kidney failure, according to CBS News.

“A cat that’s eaten part of a lily will vomit soon afterwards, but this may gradually lessen after two to four hours. Within 12 to 24 hours, the cat may start to urinate frequently. Urination may then stop if kidney failure occurs. If untreated, a cat will die within four to seven days after eating a lily.”

This is the case for any true lily — belonging to the plant genus Lilium — including Easter lily, tiger lily, rubrum lily, Japanese show lily and certain species of daylily.

In contrast, the calla lily, peace lily, lily of the valley and Peruvian lily (alstroemeria) are not true lilies and won’t cause kidney failure in cats although they have other toxic principles, according to the Pet Poison Helpline.

If you love plants and pets, then it’s a good idea to consider which ones are the best fit for your home. Here are several resources:

The ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center offers an exhaustive, sortable list of plants that are toxic or non-toxic to dogs and cats. The list focuses on plants “that have been reported as having systemic effects on animals and/or intense effects on the gastrointestinal tract,” according to the ASPCA, which cautions that the list is not meant to be all-inclusive.

If you think your animal is ill or may have ingested a poisonous substance, the ASPCA suggests contacting your veterinarian or its 24-hour emergency poison hotline at 1-888-426-4435.

The Humane Society offers an informative — and highly alliterative — list of “plants potentially poisonous to pets.”

The Pet Poison Helpline offers its Top 10 Plants Poisonous to Pets.

Of course, as the Pet Poison Helpline notes:

“While there are thousands of species of plants and flowers, only a small percentage of plants are truly dangerous and poisonous to your pet.”


Royer’s gives back 10 percent of online prom purchases to area high schools

No doubt, high school students throughout Royer’s market area will have lasting fond memories of having attended their spring proms.

And eight high school prom committees will have a little extra money after participating in Royer’s first prom fundraiser.

Royer’s sent reimbursement checks representing 10 percent of the $1,621.09 in corsages and boutonnieres purchased for proms at these high schools: Carlisle, Central Dauphin, Cocalico, Ephrata, Lampeter-Strasburg, Manheim Central, Manheim Township, Wyomissing.

The schools may use the reimbursed funds at their discretion. The fundraiser was open to all high schools in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon or York counties.

Royer’s plans to offer a similar fundraiser next year. Prom committees interested in participating in 2018 should contact Jaime Kevles, Royer’s marketing coordinator, at jaime.kevles@royers.com.


2017 Stems Hunger food drive wish list

The 2017 edition of our annual food drive, Royer’s Stems Hunger, benefits the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Greater Berks Food Bank.

Non-perishable items can be dropped off June 17-July 1 at any one of our stores. For every item, the donor will receive a free carnation, up to six per visit.

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank notes that items rich in protein, which are essential to providing adequate nutrition, are the most desired food drive donation items.

These include:
• Peanut butter (to-go size)
• Shelf-stable 100 percent fruit juice
• Canned chicken or tuna
• Single-serve macaroni and cheese
• Shelf-stable milk (8 ounces)
• Almonds
• Individual fruit cups (peaches, pears, mixed fruit, 4 ounces)

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank asks that all items be labeled, factor- sealed and in good condition.


Royer’s annual kids club birthday card design contest runs through June 30

This is one birthday celebration that lasts an entire month.

Royer’s annual birthday card design contest, which is open to children ages 5 to 12, runs through June 30.

The winning design will adorn the Royer’s Kids Club birthday card, which is emailed to all kids club members on their birthdays. The winning artist will receive free flowers on his or her birthday.

Entry forms are available at all Royer’s stores or can be downloaded by clicking here. To be eligible, entries must be dropped off at a Royer’s store by June 30.


Royer’s Kids Club event June 17 to kick off Royer’s Stems Hunger food drive

Our annual food drive – Royer’s Stems Hunger – returns June 17-July 1 to benefit the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Greater Berks Food Bank.

The Royer’s Kids Club will kick off the food drive with a June 17 event in all stores. Children ages 5 to 12 are asked to donate a nonperishable food item as the price of admission, and to bring an empty food can in which to make an arrangement for themselves.

Participants will receive a balloon and will have an opportunity to enter the kids club birthday card design contest.

Time slots are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Registration is required by calling your nearest Royer’s store.


QUEST Inc. participants tour Royer’s corporate complex

Whether it’s Royer’s Kids Club members or Girl Scouts, a school or church group, or you name it, we love to share our love of flowers with the community.

We are especially grateful when groups and organizations take time out of their days to visit us. That was the case on April 21 when our corporate complex in Lebanon played host to a group from QUEST Inc.

Licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, QUEST provides vocational and life skills to empower people with disabilities and other vocational disadvantages.

Dena Eberhart, Royer’s human resources manager, was QUEST’s tour guide, taking her guests through our Lebanon store; wholesale, central design and dish garden departments; and a greenhouse.

If your group is interested in a visit to our corporate complex or one of our 16 area stores, please contact Dena at 717-273-4090, extension 2313, or dena.eberhart@royers.com.


‘Royer’s Stems Hunger’ food drive returns June 17-July 1

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Royer’s annual food drive returns June 17-July 1 to benefit the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Greater Berks Food Bank.

For each nonperishable food item, donors will receive a free carnation, up to a maximum of six carnations per visit.

Donations may be dropped off at any Royer’s store during normal business hours.

Additional drop-off locations are available at seven area Drayer Physical Therapy Institute outpatient centers: 3 Jennifer Court, Suite A, Carlisle; 120 N. Baltimore St., Dillsburg; 5000 Commons Drive, Harrisburg; 8125 Adams Drive, Suite B, Hummelstown; 2125 Noll Drive, Suite 100, Lancaster; 755 E. Main St., Mount Joy; 1805 Loucks Road, Suite 200, York.

For the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s wish list, click here.