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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.

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 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.

‘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.

We’re putting our best ‘Bunny Face’ forward with free kids club event March 25

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Bunny Face, I love you. Bunny Face, I need you.

If you’re between the ages of 5 and 12, you can make your own Bunny Face to bring home for Easter.

The Royer’s Kids Club will play host to a free kids club event March 25 in all stores. Besides making a carnation bunny, participants will receive a balloon.

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

Registration is required by calling your nearest Royer’s store.

Introducing the Royer’s Kids Club schedule for the rest of 2017

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One Royer’s Kids Club event is in the books, but four more are to come this year.

Kids club events are free to children ages 5 to 12. We typically have sessions at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Here’s the rest of the 2017 schedule with each event’s theme:

March 25: Easter (see photo)

June 17: Stems Hunger food drive (nonperishable food donation requested)

Sept. 9: Grandparents Day

Nov. 11: Bouquets for Books (new children’s book donation requested)

We also encourage you to register for the kids club as you’ll receive a membership card, our quarterly Buds newsletter, and opportunities to enter contests and win prizes.

We look forward to seeing you at our next event!

 

Kicking off a new year of Royer’s Kids Club events

Love was in the air — and many children were in our stores — on Jan. 21 for the first of five Royer’s Kids Club events in 2017. Children ages 5 to 12 made a special “Be Mine, Valentine!” arrangement and received free balloons, as you can see in the photos below.

If you joined us, thank you for taking the time. If you missed out, please note that we have events scheduled for March 25, June 17, Sept. 9 and Nov. 11.

Finally, if you aren’t official members of the kids club, you can sign up for free by following this link.

Royer’s presents Red Cross with hundreds of cards, coloring pages for active military and veterans

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Royer’s collected hundreds of cards and coloring pages for active military and veterans as part of the American Red Cross’ “Holidays for Heroes” program.

From Nov. 11-23 in each of our 16 stores, Royer’s invited the public to donate the items, which are destined for military installations, VFWs, American Legions, the Lebanon VA and retirement homes in 22 counties in central Pennsylvania.

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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 close to 2,000 people affected by nearly 750 local disasters.

Photos: Top from left, Kathy Tracy, regional service to armed forces outreach lead, Central PA region, American Red Cross, and Dena Eberhart, human resources manager, Royer’s; left, the hundreds of cards and coloring pages.

Royer’s annual book drive collects 1,370 new children’s titles for public libraries in seven counties

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Royer’s annual book drive collected 1,370 new children’s titles for public libraries in the seven counties where the company operates.

Bouquets for Books ran Oct. 22-Nov. 5.

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: 177
  • Cumberland County Library System: 156
  • Dauphin County Library System: 96
  • Hershey Public Library (independent): 113
  • Middletown Public Library (independent): 15
  • Franklin County Library System: 106
  • Lebanon County Libraries: 165
  • Library System of Lancaster County: 315
  • York County Library System: 227

Bouquets for Books, which has yielded nearly 17,000 books in its 11-year history, will return Oct. 28-Nov. 11, 2017.

Photo: From left, Stephanie Williams, district consultant, Lebanon County Library System, and Erica Bixby, store manager at Royer’s Flowers & Gifts in Lebanon.

A boo-tiful time at our final kids club event of 2016

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Saturday’s Royer’s Kids Club event, our final one of the year.

As you can see from these photos, we had a boo-tiful time celebrating Halloween and promoting our annual children’s book drive, Bouquets for Books.