Throughout this unprecedented time, many Capitals players have taken it upon themselves to help and contribute in any way they can. You can add Lars Eller to that list.
Lars Eller is famously known for his clutch performances on the ice, but hopefully people now will also see the side of him that deeply cares for the community around him.
Eller and his wife, Julie, saw all the great work being done for essential workers and felt there was another part of the community that is often paid little attention that they could try and help: the homeless.
"There has been a lot of focus on supporting frontline workers and first responders in this pandemic, and that's really important, but I want to make sure the homeless community isn't overlooked," said Eller. "Many of us are fortunate to be able to stay home and avoid exposure to the virus, but there are a lot of people in our city who don't have access to a safe haven like that."
Once Eller decided on a mission, he approached a company that he an invests in named Healthe, "a technology leader in developing and deploying commercial and consumer solutions for UV air and surface sanitization and LED circadian lighting."
Together they agreed upon the donation of the "Health Cleanse Portal" which is a new, state-of-the-art disinfecting walkthrough portal which helps protect guests and employees by deactivating viruses and pathogens, including COVID-19.
The portal was donated to Central Union Mission, the oldest private social service agency in Washington D.C.
Typically, portals costs a little over $20,000 but thanks to Eller and Healthe's generous donation, it would cost the homeless shelter nothing.
"I'm honored to be able to donate this Portal to Central Union Mission and help reduce the risk that their employees and guests are exposed to COVID-19 and other harmful pathogens," said Eller.
The portal was installed last Thursday right during the opening of the reception area to the homeless shelter.
"I want to thank Lars Eller and Healthe for this generous donation that will greatly assist in our continuous and aggressive sanitizing efforts," said Central Union Mission President/CEO, Joseph J. Mettimano. "Washington, D.C. and the at-risk community that we serve daily has been especially hard hit by this devastating disease. Therefore, we need to do all that we can to protect our facility, employees and especially our guests who are highly susceptible."
Up to this point, Central Union has avoided having any positive COVID cases in their shelter and hopes to keep it that way, which seems even more promising now.