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School delivery: Royer’s participates in Career Vehicle Day at Hoover Elementary

Megan Zeller is a designer at Royer’s Camp Hill store, but she first joined the company as a contract driver for Valentine’s Day.

She brought that delivery experience to Career Vehicle Day at Hoover Elementary School in Camp Hill. Along with sales associate Tracy McEldowney, the Royer’s colleagues explained what it’s like to be a delivery driver to five different groups of students during the morning event.

Royer’s delivery van was among one-dozen vehicles parked outside the school and highlighted careers in everything from package delivery and TV news to police and EMS.

When delivering delicate flowers, Megan said, “We’ve got to be careful, we’ve got to be smart, we’ve got to be able to lift heavy things, too, because there are a lot of heavy things we deliver.”

With the assistance of computer tablets, Royer’s drivers load packages into their vehicles and then deliver them. Megan emphasized the importance of being reliable, “to be where you need to be on time.”

Drivers must be licensed, of course, but they also have to pass a ride-along with a Royer’s manager to confirm that they operate safely when behind the wheel.

Watching speed, checking work

“A little fun fact,” Megan told the students and their teacher, “is that when this tablet is with the driver, we can tell how fast they’re going. So we can tell if somebody is driving over the speed of 60, and how many times they’ve gone over the speed of 60, and then we can talk to them when they come back.”

The students learned that a driver deals with all manner of weather, from lovely to cold and slippery. Megan asked the students what a driver should do if delivering to a house where no one was home and the temperature was too cold to leave the flowers outside.

“Yeah, I might have to bring [the flowers] back to the shop,” she said. “I might have to go to a neighbor’s house.”

Not only do their tablets help the drivers keep track of deliveries, but they keep the store manager in the loop. If Aunt Tilly calls wondering where her order is, Megan said, the store manager can look at the status based on information shared from the tablet.

Tracy said a teacher’s adage to check work before turning it in also applies in the flower business. Clutching a big white stuffed bear and holding two Mylar balloons, she urged the students:

“Just like your teacher tells you now before you turn in your test, check your work, well, you have to keep checking your work,” Tracy said. “Because the driver has to check his work to make sure he gets the righty teddy bear to the right person.”

Help kick off our food drive at June 16 Royer’s Kids Club event

Royer’s annual food drive returns June 16-30.

The Royer’s Kids Club will kick it off with an event June 16 in all Royer’s stores.

Children ages 5 to 12 are asked to bring a nonperishable food item as the price of admission.

They will have an opportunity to decorate their own pot and plant marigold seeds in it and to enter the kids club birthday card design contest (the winner receives a flower delivery on his or her birthday). Each participant also will receive a balloon.

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

Registration is required by calling or stopping by the nearest Royer’s store.

Scenes from our St. Patrick’s Day kids club event

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Imagine our great luck to spend time with these beautiful faces during our Royer’s Kids Club event on St. Patrick’s Day.

We always enjoy sharing our knowledge of flowers with eager learners!

Be sure to mark your calendars for our next event, June 23 in all stores. We’ll celebrate our annual Royer’s Stems Hunger food drive (to benefit the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Greater Berks Food Bank) and the Fourth of July.

As the price of admission, we’ll ask you to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the food drive. We’ll announce registration details closer to the date.

In the meantime, we wish you a happy, safe spring. We look forward to seeing everyone again in just three months.

If you haven’t already signed up for the free kids club, you can do so here or by stopping by any one of our stores.

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.

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 16: 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

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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.