The face mask bandwagon has reached the Minnesota Twins as a partnership has been formed to provide much need face masks for frontline workers.

The Homer Hanky has been a staple of Twins fans for many years and now being used in a much different fashion. The 2019 Homer Hanky, originally manufactured by Winona, Minnesota-based WinCraft, is 100-percent cotton, terrycloth towel. The resulting masks meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for cloth face coverings, as they will provide comfort and security while serving as an additional line of defense to airborne droplets.

According to a news release by the Minnesota Twins, the club has partnered with Star Tribune, Faribault Woolen Mill Co. and Love Your Melon and CUB to convert excess inventory of the 2019 Homer Hanky™ into cotton face masks, which will then be distributed to healthcare providers, grocery workers, and other nonprofit organizations on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“When waved together by 50,000 people, the Homer Hanky is a symbol of the unity, respect, and passion that define us as Minnesotans – the same traits that will see our state through the COVID-19 crisis,” said Nancy O’Brien, Twins Vice President of Community Engagement.

A single 2019 Homer Hanky can be made into multiple cotton face masks by the staff at Faribault Woolen Mill Co. and Love Your Melon.

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