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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.

Royer’s annual ‘Stems Hunger’ food drive returns June 22-July 6

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Royer’s Flowers & Gifts’ annual food drive – Royer’s Stems Hunger – returns June 22-July 6 to benefit the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and Helping Harvest (formerly 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.

Forty million people face hunger in the United States – more than the entire population of Canada, according to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. The need is acute during the summer months for more than 18 million children who lose access to free and reduced-price meals through schools.

Royer’s Kids Club making sundaes on Saturday at June 29 event

Here’s the scoop on the Royer’s Kids Club event on June 29.

Children ages 5 to 12 will have an opportunity to create an ice cream sundae out of carnations and to enter the kids club birthday card design contest. Participants also will receive a balloon.

As the price of admission, children are asked to bring at least one nonperishable food item to contribute to the Royer’s Stems Hunger food drive to benefit the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and Helping Harvest (formerly the Greater Berks Food Bank).

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

The other remaining 2019 kids club events are Aug. 17 and Nov. 2.

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