This week, Nine Line in conjunction with Royal Apparel, donated over 50,000 washable cotton masks to the Union Mission in Savannah, GA.

Whatever you’re feeling about masks, the fact is the homeless veteran community has been prevented from accessing certain necessities and services without proper face coverings.

That’s just wrong.

From our very founding, we wanted to be a give-back company for our brothers and sisters who have served or are serving our nation in uniform.

We’ve always wanted to be America’s, Nine Line.

In the military, when a medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) is required, a specific format of nine categories (or lines) of information is conveyed. The use of the “9-line” organizational method, particularly in a high stress, quickly changing combat environment, helps ensure those wounded get the assistance they need as quickly, safely, and efficiently as possible.

We’ve spearheaded a number of projects and initiatives to help veterans in need, such as building two veteran’s villages (one in Savannah, GA, and one in Brunswick, GA). The villages are intended to provide transitional housing for homeless veterans, as well as job training to help them become successful and proud citizens once again.

In 1937, The Union Mission opened as a storefront on a street corner in Savannah, GA. Its chapel seated 30 people, provided nightly religious services and could house eight men in a dormitory. By 1940, the Union Mission had provided 7,744 shelter nights and 20,294 meals to the homeless of Savannah. Today, the Union Mission provides permanent supportive housing, special needs housing and mental health counseling for men, and special programs for women and children.

Royal Apparel is a family-owned company that manufactures and distributes American-made, eco-friendly knit apparel.

We’re all Americans, helping out our fellow Americans.

We believe there’s nothing we can’t fix or overcome. Our ingenuity, determination, and grit have built the greatest nation on the planet.

And we’ve been here before. The “Spanish Flu” pandemic claimed an estimated 675,000 lives in the United States from 1918-1919. On top of that, we were fighting World War I at the same time.

But we got through it. And we’ll get through this too.

You may not like wearing a mask. You may not like the government telling you to wear a mask. But no one can argue that our homeless veterans shouldn’t have to suffer even more because they can’t get a mask.