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 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.
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).
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.
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.
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!