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Royer’s Kids Club celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with free event March 16 in all stores

They say that everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.

While that may be a wee bit of an overstatement, this much is true: On March 16, all Royer’s Flowers & Gifts stores are celebrating the holiday with a free kids club event.

Children ages 5 to 12 will have an opportunity to make an Irish Blessings arrangement, featuring a three-inch plant in a basket that can be decorated with green foil, satin ribbon and a glitter shamrock stick-in.

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

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

The other 2019 kids club events are March 16, June 29, Aug. 17 and Nov. 2.

Royer’s Flowers hosting three blood drives this winter in partnership with Central PA Blood Bank

Royer’s is teaming up with the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank to host blood drives at three stores this winter.

Anyone attempting to donate to “Buds for Blood” with receive a free bouquet.

On Jan. 31, Royer’s stores at 201 Rohrerstown Road, Lancaster, and 805 Loucks Road, York, will host bloodmobiles from 3 to 6:30 p.m.

The third blood drive is March 16 at the Camp Hill store, 3015 Gettysburg Road. It will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., coinciding with that day’s Royer’s Kids Club event.

Appointments are not needed, but donors should have ID, eat within four hours of giving blood, and stay well hydrated. Orange juice and snacks will be provided after they donate.

Winter can be a challenging time for blood banks, in part because severe weather and cold and flu season can reduce the number of blood drives and the pool of potential donors. The busy holidays also reduce the amount of time people have to donate. Yet demand for blood is high because increased traffic at the holidays results in more accidents.

The Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank works to promote, secure and coordinate the region’s blood supply. The non-profit organization supplies blood to area hospitals, where each day patients use between 275 and 300 units of blood and products derived from blood.

Royer’s Kids Club springs into new year with free event Jan. 12 in all stores

It’s a paradox of nature that just as winter begins, the amount of daylight slowly starts to increase.

In other words, spring is coming. It makes a special appearance at all Royer’s Flowers & Gifts stores on Jan. 12 for the first Royer’s Kids Club event of 2019.

Children ages 5 to 12 will have an opportunity to make a spring arrangement in a bird’s nest container using daisy pom pons, leatherleaf fern, baby’s breath and spring plaid ribbon.

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

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

The other 2019 kids club events are March 16, June 29, Aug. 17 and Nov. 2.

Royer’s presents more than 4,000 cards and coloring pages to Red Cross’ ‘Holidays for Heroes’

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Royer’s Flowers today presented the American Red Cross with more than 4,000 holiday cards and coloring pages for area military veterans.

Royer’s collected the cards and coloring pages at each of its stores from Nov. 11-Dec. 4 as part of its annual participation in the Red Cross’ “Holidays for Heroes” program. The items will be delivered to veterans living in long-term care facilities throughout the region.

How lovely are thy branches: Hershey store contributes to inaugural Christmas Tree Showcase

With a fresh-cut Christmas tree, you can bring a little bit of nature indoors.

But Andrea Campbell didn’t stop there with Royer’s contribution to the inaugural Christmas Tree Showcase in Hershey, describing her embellished evergreen as having a “natural, outdoorsy” vibe.

“As if you took a walk in the woods,” said Andrea, who has been with Royer’s for 12 years and has managed the Hershey store for one year.

Royer’s was among six area florists involved with the Christmas Tree Showcase, an exhibit that opened Nov. 17 at the Milton and Catherine Hershey Conservatory at the Hershey Gardens. The six decorated trees surround an ersatz 14-foot poinsettia tree, comprising red and white versions of the traditional Christmas plant.

Andrea, assisted by Hershey sales associate Lexi Miller, used lotus pods, shelf fungus, tree branches, pine cones and the like to achieve the rustic look of their tree. Hershey Gardens provided eight-foot-tall trees to the florists, who brought their own decorations.

Andrea said it took approximately an hour and a half to decorate the tree on Nov. 13.

“It’s kind of my creation, and Lexi helped me put the vision together,” Andrea said. “Because it’s a lot of tree to decorate.”

The flip side is that it’s a lot of tree to behold, which you can do from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Dec. 31 (closed Christmas).

You can get a sneak preview courtesy of this gallery on the Pennlive website.


Thank you for donating more than 800 children’s books to area public libraries

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Thank you to everyone who donated to “Bouquets for Books,” which this year collected 806 new children’s book for public libraries in the seven counties where we operate.

The book drive, which ran Oct. 28 -Nov. 10, has yielded nearly 19,000 books in its 13-year history.

Anyone who donated a new children’s book was eligible to receive a free bouquet.

Here are the number of books collected by county in 2018:

• Berks: 94
• Cumberland: 58
• Dauphin: 142
• Franklin: 39
• Lebanon: 91
• Lancaster: 219
• York: 163

Thanks for another banner year of kids club events; we’ll have more in 2019!

It seems like just the other day we were kicking off the 2018 Royer’s Kids Club schedule with a Valentine’s Day-themed event. We’re not sure where the time went, but we had a lot of fun with everyone who attended one or more of our five kids events throughout the year.

The photos above are from our final event, held Nov. 10 in each of our stores and featuring a Veterans Day theme.

Thank you to everyone, children and parents alike, for participating this year. We love having you in our stores and sharing our knowledge and passion for everything related to flowers.

We wish everyone a safe, happy holiday season. Meanwhile, we are putting the finishing touches on plans for another great kids club schedule in the year ahead. We can’t wait to tell you all about it!

Royer’s collecting cards and coloring pages Nov. 11-Dec. 4 for area military veterans

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Royer’s is collecting cards and coloring pages for area military veterans Nov. 11-Dec. 4 as part of the American Red Cross’ “Holidays for Heroes” program.

Cards may be dropped off at any Royer’s during normal business hours. Free coloring pages can be downloaded here:

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The Red Cross offers these guidelines for preparing cards:

  • Use generic salutations such as “Dear Veteran” 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.


Royer’s Kids Club saluting veterans with Nov. 10 event in all stores

Red, white, blue and you!

For its final kids club event of 2018, the Royer’s Kids Club is honoring the service of all U.S. military veterans.

Children ages 5 to 12 will have an opportunity to make a patriotic arrangement, featuring red and blue carnations and an American flag.

As the price of admission, participants are asked to bring a new children’s book for Bouquets for Books, Royer’s annual book drive to benefit area public libraries.

Participants also will receive a balloon and may decorate a coloring page for Royer’s annual Holidays for Heroes event, which honors veterans and active military members.

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

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

2018 Bouquets for Books library wish lists

Our annual children’s book drive, Bouquets for Books, returns Oct. 28-Nov. 10 to benefit the public libraries in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties, including the independent Hershey Public Library and Middletown Public Library.

The libraries have provided these wish lists:


Dog Man books by Dav Pilkey
Diary of a Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney
Big Nate books by Pierce Lincoln
Pokemon guidebooks
Fancy Nancy books by Jane O’Connor
Disney books
Princess in Black series by Shannon Hale
Fly Guy series by Tedd Arnold
Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willems


Any titles in these series:
Any Scholastic branches
A to Z Mysteries
Amelia Bedelia
Babymouse Graphic Novels
Babysitter’s Club Graphic Novels
Beginner Reader books such as I Can Read, Rookie Readers
Berenstain Bears
Biscuit Early Readers
Boxcar Children
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Curious George
DC Comics
Diary of a Minecraft Zombie
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Disney Princesses
Dora or Diego
Dork Diaries
Elephant and Piggie
Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
Fancy Nancy
Geronimo Stilton
I Spy
I Survived
Little People, Big Dreams Biographies
Magic Tree House
My Weird School
Notebook of Doom
Owl Diaries
Pete the Cat
Scooby Doo Mysteries
Star Wars early readers (especially Lego ones)
Star Wars Jedi Academy
Superheroes – DC Comics or Marvel
Thomas the Tank Engine
Who was?
Books by these authors/illustrators:
Anna Dewdney (Llama Llama books)
Dav Pilkey
Dr. Seuss
Eric Carle
Jennifer Holm
Karma Wilson
Leslie Patricelli
Margaret Wise Brown
Mo Willems
Raina Telgemeier
Sandra Boynton

Picture books:
Any hardcover with a 2017 or 2018 publication date
Chapter books:
Any princess chapter books (ex: Jasmine, Ariel, etc.)
Big Nate
Harry Potter
Any books in these subjects:
Biographies –Who Was? series
Books on shapes (triangles, squares, circles, etc.)
Early Reader Science (and other non-fiction)


Anything written by:
Mo Willems
Eric Carle
Dr. Seuss
Rosemary Wells
Sandra Boynton
Lucy Cousins
Raina Telgemeier
Rick Riordan

I Survived! by Lauren Tarshis
Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
Pete the Cat by James Dean
Big Nate by Lincoln Pierce
I Spy by Jean Marzollo
Can You See What I See by Walter Wick
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell
Geronimo Stilton by Geronimo Stilton
Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
American Girls by various authors
Artemis Fowl by Eion Colfer
Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel


A to Z Mysteries
American Girl
Bad Kitty
Berenstain Bears
Boxcar Children
Fancy Nancy
Frankie Pickel
Geronimo Stilton
Hamster Princess
I Survived
I, Spy
Magic Tree House
My Weird School
Pete the Cat
Princess in Black
Thomas the Train Engine
Large board books, any title or series

123 Dream by Kim Krans
ABCs on wheels by Ramon Olivera
Bulldozer Helps Out by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann
Carpenter by Bruna Barros
Charlotte and the Rock by Stephen W. Martin
Color Monster: A Story About Emotions by Anna Llenas
D is for Dress-Up: The ABC’s of What We Wear by Maria Carluccio
Different? Same! By Heather Tekavec
Ella and Penguin Stick Together by Megan Maynor
Faraway Fox by Jolene Thompson
I Want That Nut! By Madeline Valentine
Lion Lessons by Jon Agee
My Dog Laughs by Rachel Isadora
Owl sees Owl by Laura Godwin
Perfect Day by Lane Smith
Plankton Is Pushy by Jonathan Fenske
Saddest Toilet in the World by Sam Apple
Still Stuck by Shinsuke Yoshitake
Trio: The Tale of a Three-Legged Cat by Andrea Wisnewski
Walter’s Wonderful Web by Tim Hopgood
What Am I? An Animal Guessing Game by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

Dan Gutman
Dave Pikney
Dr. Seuss (Hardback preferred)
Eric Carle
Lucy Cousins
Mo Willems
Rick Riordan
Rosemary Wells


Any titles in these series:
Disney (especially princesses)
Elephant and Piggie
I Spy
Pete the Cat
Thomas the Tank Engine
Dork Diaries
I Survived…(by Lauren Tarshis)

Books by these authors/illustrators:
Sandra Boynton
Margaret Wise Brown
Eric Carle
Mo Willems
Gordon Korman
Rick Riordan
Raina Telgemier


Amelia Bedelia books
A-Z Mysteries by Ron Roy
Bad Kitty books by Nick Bruel
Bailey School Kids series
Beginner Reader books such as I Can Read, Rookie
Readers, Step into Reading, Easy Reader Leveled Books
Berenstain Bears (any!) series
Big Nate books by Lincoln Pierce
Boxcar Children series
Calendar Mysteries by Ron Roy
Cam Jansen books by David Adler
Clifford the Big Red Dog (any!)
Curious George books
Dr. Seuss books
Diary of a Wimpy Kid books
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and other stories
Dora the Explorer books
Dork Diaries books by Rachel Renee Russel
Eric Carle books
Elephant and Piggie beginner reader books!
Fancy Nancy books
Geronimo Stilton books
Goosebumps by R.L. Stine
Graphic novels for youth
Hank the Cowdog by John R. Erickson
Hardy Boys books
Look & Find I Spy books
Magic Attic Club books
Magic Tree House books by Mary Pope Osborne
My Little Pony books
Nancy Drew books by Carolyn Keene
Owl Diaries
Paw Patrol books
Peppa Pig books
Pete the Cat books!!
Pinkalicious books
Pokemon books by Tracey West
Puppy Place books
Rainbow Magic Fairies books
Saddle Club series by Bonnie Bryant
Scooby Doo books
Star Wars books
Teen Titans Go!
Thomas the Train books
Whatever After books by Sarah Mlynowski

These titles:
Andrew Lost by G.C. Greenburg
Be Kind by Pat Zietlowmiller
Big Nate Goes Bananas by Lincoln Peirce
Borka, the Adventures of a Goose with No Feathers by John Burningham
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See by Bill Martin
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Marlon Bundo
Dear Dinosaur by Chae Strathie
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Rinker
I Survived by Lauren Tarshis
Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
Mighty Mighty Construction Site by Sherri Rinker
Pete the Cat 12 Groovy Days of Christmas by James Dean
Pete the Cat Snow Daze by James Dean
The Power of Cute by Charise Mericle Harper
Snoop’s Christmas Surprise by Charles Schultz
Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester
This is Christmas by Tom Booth
We Are in a Book by Mo Willems
Wild Orca by Brenda Peterson


Title and Author:
A New Friend for Sparkle by Amy Young
A Perfect Day by Lane Smith
A Unicorn Named Sparkle’s First Christmas by Amy Young
Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller, Jen Hill
Black Panther: Young Prince by Ronald L. Smith
Bulldozer Helps Out by Candace Fleming, Eric Rohmann
Cat Nap by Toni Yuly
Charlotte and the Rock by Stephen W. Martin
Clifford Books
Darnell Rock Reporting by Walter Dean Myers
Did you Hear what I Heard? by Kay Winters
Different? Same! by Heather Tekavec
Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library by Julie Gassman, Andy Elkerton
Fake Blood by Whitney Gardner
First Laugh, Welcome Baby by Rose Ann Tahe
Flo: A Picture Book by Kyo Maclear
Forest Dream by Ayano Imai
Freddy Files (Five Nights at Freddy’s) by Scott Cawthon
Fruits in Suits by Jared Chapman
Furqan’s First Flat Top by Robert Liu-Trujillo
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang, Max Lang
Gus Loves Cinderella by RH Disney
Hippopposites by Janik Coat
Hug Me by Simona Ciraolo
I Don’t Want to Be Big by Dev Petty
I Hate Reading: How To Get Through 20 Minutes of Reading Without Really Reading by Beth Bacon, Arthur Bacon
I Want That Nut! by Madeline Valentine
Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall
Jada Jones series by Kelly Stadling Lyons
Katie in the Kitchen (Katir Woo) by Fran Manushkin
La Princesa and the Pea by Susan Middleton Elya
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena
Lego DC Super Heroes: Ready for action! by Victoria Taylor
Lego Ninjago Reader by Tracey West, Kate Howard
Lena’s Shoes are Nervous by Keith Calabrese
Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle, Jill McElmurry
Llamaphones by Janik Coat
Love Sugar Magic: A dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano
Magic, Madness and Mischief by Kelly McCullough
Mary Poppins by Dr. P. L. Travers, Genevieve Godbout
Mouse is Small by Mary Murphy
Neon Leon by Jane Clarke, Britta Teckentrup
No Kimchi for Me! by Aram Kim
Ocean Meets Sky by Terry Fan, Eric Fan
Pearl & Wagner: Four eyes by Kate McMullan
Peek-A-Who? by Elsa Mroziewicz
Perfectly Norman by Tom Percival
Pinkalicious Books
Plankton is Pushy by Jonathan Fenske
Podin One-Ear(Longburrow) by Kieran Larwood
Queen Panda Can’t Sleep by Susanna Isern
Rhymoceros by Janik Coat
Rice from Heaven by Tina Cho
Somewhere Else: A Picture Book by Gus Gordon
Stella Diaz has something to say by Angela Dominguez
Still Stuck by Shinsuke Yoshitake
That Bear Can’t Babysit by Ruth Quayle, Alison Friend
The Best Part of Me by Wendy Ewald
The Carpenter by Bruna Barros
The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez
The Girl who thought in Pictures by Julia Finley Mosca
The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier
The Last Kids on Earth and the Nightmare King by Max Brallier
The Last kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade by Max Brallier
The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen, Dan Hanna
The Worst Book Ever: A funny, interactive read-aloud for story time by Beth Bacon, Jason Grube
There’s Nothing to Do by Dev Petty
Trio: The Tale of a Three-legged Cat by Andrea Wisnewski
Under my Hijab by Hena Khan
Vegetables in Underwear by Jared Chapman
Who Am I? An Animal Guessing Game by Steve Jenkins, Robin Page
Whose Poop is That? by Darrin Lunde
Wordy Birdy by Tammi Sauer, Dave Mottram
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