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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 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 food drive collects nearly 1,400 pounds for food banks

Deb Bennett, manager of Royer’s in East York, with Geoff Royer, vice president of central operations.

Royer’s Flowers & Gifts’ annual food drive collected 1,381 pounds of nonperishable items for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and Helping Harvest, formerly Greater Berks Food Bank.

The Royer’s Stems Hunger event, which took place June 22-July 6, has collected more than eight tons of food since it began in 2011.

Royer’s East York store collected the most pounds of food among our 16 locations.

Donors received a free carnation for each food item they contributed, up to six per visit. Besides Royer’s stores, eight Drayer Physical Therapy Institute locations in the area served as drop-off locations.

We are grateful to everyone who contributed to the success of this year’s food drive.

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.

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