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Royer’s Flowers saluting veterans with free red, white and blue bouquets Nov. 11

Royer’s Flowers & Gifts will salute military veterans on Nov. 11 by giving them red, white and blue bouquets.

The offer is available in-store only at any of Royer’s 16 stores in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties.

Non-veterans may purchase the bouquet for $3.99.

“Royer’s is grateful to the brave men and women who have served our country so that we may continue to enjoy freedom,” said Tom Royer, CEO of Royer’s Flowers & Gifts. “It’s our privilege to recognize our veterans in this small way.”

Royer’s Flowers offering free bouquet to donors at Nov. 9 blood drive in Camp Hill

 

Royer’s Flowers & Gifts is hosting a blood drive Nov. 9 at its Camp Hill store, 3015 Gettysburg Road.

The Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank bloodmobile will be at the store from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Anyone attempting to donate will receive a free bouquet.

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 donations.

Royer’s collecting holiday cards and coloring pages for service members and veterans in November

Royer’s Flowers & Gifts is collecting holiday cards and coloring pages for service members and veterans throughout November in each of its stores.

Royer’s will present the collected items to the American Red Cross “Holidays for Heroes” program.

Cards and coloring pages may be dropped off at any Royer’s store during normal business hours. Free coloring pages can be downloaded at royers.com/heroes

The Red Cross offers these guidelines for preparing cards:

  • Use generic salutations: “Dear Service Member” or “Dear Veteran”
  • Be thoughtful with messages, expressing reasons why you are thankful for the service members/veterans; if you have a personal connection, such as a family member who served, consider adding that
  • Try not to be overtly religious, but messages such as “Merry Christmas” or “God Bless You” are acceptable
  • Do not include inserts such as glitter, photos, business cards
  • Do not include personal information such as telephone number, address or email
  • Sign your name

 

Royer’s Flowers donates $3,000 to American Cancer Society in support of ‘Real Men Wear Pink’ campaign

From left, Tom Royer, Royer’s CEO; Stephanie Delp, senior community development manager, American Cancer Society; and Geoff Royer, Royer’s vice president of central operations.

Royer’s Flowers & Gifts has donated $3,000 to the American Cancer Society in support of its “Real Men Wear Pink” campaign.

Family-owned Royer’s donates $10 to women’s charities for every purchase of its “Admiration” arrangement.

Real Men Wear Pink is designed to give men a leadership role in the American Cancer Society’s mission to eliminate breast cancer.

Royer’s Kids Club making patriotic arrangement at Veterans Day event on Nov. 2

The Royer’s Kids Club will salute Veterans Day with a free event on Nov. 2 in all Royer’s Flowers & Gifts stores.

Children ages 5 to 12 will have an opportunity to make a patriotic arrangement (left) that includes an American flag.

Participants also may decorate a coloring page for the annual Holidays for Heroes event, for which Royer’s works in conjunction with the American Red Cross to honor veterans and active military.

Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes to the Nov. 2 event.

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

Royer’s Flowers donates $1,000 to Safe Berks emergency shelter in Reading

From left, Tom Royer, Royer’s CEO; Beth Garrigan, COO, and Mindy McIntosh, director of development, Safe Berks; and Geoff Royer, Royer’s vice president of central operations.

Royer’s Flowers & Gifts has donated $1,000 to the nonprofit Safe Berks in Reading.

The funds are earmarked for Safe Berks’ emergency shelter, which serves victims of domestic violence or sexual assault and their dependent children.

The shelter can accommodate as many as 50 people for 30 days and offers professional counseling and educational group meetings. Its staff is available 24 hours per day, seven days each week.

Family-owned Royer’s donates $10 to women’s charities for every purchase of its “Admiration” arrangement.

And the winning arrangement name is … Cottage Garden

A quote from the French impressionist painter Claude Monet adorns SaraJane Barto’s refrigerator: “I must have flowers, always and always.”

Barto, of Carlisle, takes those words to heart, buying flowers for others and herself.

“And I love gardening,” she said. “Couldn’t do without flowers.”

That passion for flowers prompted Barto to submit the winning entry in this summer’s Royer’s name-the-arrangement contest.

Her entry Cottage Garden was selected from among nearly 900 total submissions. The online contest ran Aug. 1-15.

As shown above, Barto received a Cottage Garden arrangement as her prize.

The all-around arrangement features a square white-washed wooden box holding three sunflowers, charmelia alstroemeria, carnations, mini carnations, viking poms, purple spray asters, and raffia ribbon.

Barto said she has been a Royer’s customer for about a decade, after relocating from California.

“I love our Royer’s,” she said. “Their plants and flowers and leaves just last so long and are so pretty.”

She had won prizes before at home demonstrations or at bridal or baby showers, but nothing like Royer’s contest.

“This is much more important,” she said.

She won a Royer’s Kids Club contest in first grade, now Emily Swanger is heading to college

Emily Swanger, left, a former Royer’s Kids Club member, with Candace Oliver, manager of our flagship Lebanon store.

It’s not hard to still see the first grader in Emily Swanger, although she’s much taller now and long ago outgrew her “Cool Chick” T-shirt.

Emily had worn the shirt the last time we photographed her, on the day in November 2007 that Royer’s delivered a bouquet of carnations to her at South Lebanon Elementary School in Lebanon County. The rest of her classmates and teachers each received a carnation.

The special delivery was Emily’s reward for being the grand-prize winner that October during the Royer’s Kids Club’s first birthday party.

Emily, who graduated from Cedar Crest High School this spring, said her mother, Norma, regularly brought her to kids club events, which have always been open to children ages 5 to 12.

“My mom said I wanted to keep coming after I was too old,” Emily quipped.

At Cedar Crest, Emily was nominated for senior of the year and with a classmate took first place in a Future Business Leaders of America competition in the category of hospitality management. This summer she is working at the Jigger Shop in Mount Gretna and interning at Gerhart Financial Services in Lebanon, with a mission trip to Costa Rica in the middle.

In August, Emily will begin her studies at Cairn University near Philadelphia, where she plans to major in business administration and minor in Spanish.

She also made time in July to come by our flagship Lebanon store.

At Royer’s invite, Emily helped to recreate the photo of her with her bouquet that had appeared in the Lebanon Daily News in 2007. This time, Candace Oliver, manager of the Lebanon store, posed with Emily; Candace held a bouquet of carnations while Emily held the newspaper clipping.

With a series of photos taken, Candace gifted the bouquet to Emily.

Along with that, we wish her the best of luck in college.

 

 

We need your help naming this arrangement; enter our contest by Aug. 15

We’re giving the current name of this new arrangement a green thumbs down.

And that explains why Royer’s annual name-the-arrangement contest is appealing to the public to rename what is now known as the Garden Box design.

The person who submits the winning name will receive this arrangement (retail value $54.99) as a prize.

The all-around arrangement features a square white-washed wooden box holding three sunflowers, charmelia alstroemeria, carnations, mini carnations, viking poms, purple spray asters, and raffia ribbon.

To enter the contest, visit royers.com/contest.

Limit one entry daily per email address, now through Aug. 15.

Royer’s Kids Club offers free back-to-school event Aug. 17

We’ll celebrate the start of a new school year with a free Royer’s Kids Club event on Aug. 17.

Children ages 5 to 12 will have an opportunity to create an arrangement featuring lavender and yellow daisy pompons, limonium, and a back-to-school stick-in in an orange diamond-cut vase.

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

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