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.
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.
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:
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.
The books will be presented to the public libraries in the counties where they were collected. What’s more, thanks to a Barnes & Noble book fair, the libraries can benefit even more this year.
From Oct. 28 through Nov. 2, books (not just children’s books) and most other items purchased at any Barnes & Noble store or online at bn.com/bookfairs can earn the libraries cash or Barnes & Noble gift cards. In Royer’s market, Barnes & Noble has stores in Camp Hill, Lancaster and Reading.
Each of the seven participating library systems and the independent Hershey Public Library and Middletown Public Library have been assigned a unique code for the Barnes & Noble book fair. Every time one of the codes is presented at checkout, the corresponding library will earn a percentage of that purchase.
Here are the libraries and their codes:
Berks County: 12191144
Cumberland County: 12191151
Dauphin County: 12191169
Lancaster County: 12191193
Annville Free Library: 12191201
Lebanon Community Library: 12192555
Matthews Public Library: 12192563
Myerstown Community Library: 12192571
Palmyra Public Library: 12192589
Richland Community Library: 12192597
York County: 12192613
Hershey Public Library: 12191185
Middletown Public Library: 12192605
Of course, new children’s books purchased at Barnes & Noble or from any other book seller can be dropped off at Royer’s for a free bouquet.