Even after nearly a quarter of a century, Albert remains motivated by one thing: to help families in a time of need.”
Every Tuesday and Thursday for more than 30 years, Albert Lexie has left his home at 5:50 a.m. to travel 90 minutes by bus to the Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. When he arrives, he sets up his shoeshine box in the lobby and gets to work, charging $3 per shine.
Albert’s earnings allow him to live on an annual income of about $10,000. Yet, astonishingly, he donates approximately $10,000 a year to the hospital.
Despite living within very modest means, Albert gives every penny of his tips to the hospital’s Children's Free Care Fund, which ensures that all children receive medical care, regardless of a family's financial ability to pay for it. Since 1982, he has donated more than $200,000 of his hard-earned tips to the Children’s Hospital.
He has been featured on local and national news, received numerous awards, and even has published a book, “Albert’s Kids, The Heroic Work of Shining Shoes for Sick Children.” Yet through his fame, Albert continues to do what he does best. He shows up at the hospital, shines shoes—and provides a brilliant example of the way to give, love and live.
To the children and family he has helped over the years, and to everyone he encounters, Albert is an everyday hero. With his diligence, his humility and his loving kindness, he embodies the value of charity.
Charity. Pass It On!
This billboard about charity features Albert Lexie; shoe shine shop operator, philanthropist.
Watch Albert Lexie tell his story about how he was able to donate over $150,000 (and counting) to Children's Free Care Fund.
I can attest to Albert's daily commitment. I grew up in the Mon Valley in Pennsylvania and remember seeing Albert daily hard at work with his shoe shine box. Along with charity should be hard work and commitment.
Patrick Paluso 4 months ago from Wilmington, North Carolina
Tears with a smile fill my face and my heart. I am grateful for what Albert does for everyone and himself.
God Bless you Albert, enjoy what you do and the love you give. :)
Lynise Tarring 7 months ago from Hilo, HI
what a wonderful wonderful heartwarming story!
patti 8 months ago from illinois
This is great for the children and for his self-esteem! He is truly a loving, giving soul! I had a special needs daughter and she spent a lot of time in a local children's hospital ... this is a truly GREAT gift!
Marie Odom-Green 8 months ago from St. Louis
Albert warms my heart
Rebecca Mott-Lynn 8 months ago from Selbyville DE
I display this true story to my school children for inspiration
maria 8 months ago from karachi, pakistan
Albert's story is the sweetest! If only everyone was so generous, there would be no poverty!
Karen 8 months ago from Reno, NV
What a beautiful story, it is good to hear positive stories of the good things people are doing on in our nation. We often hear so much the negatives. What an amazing man!
Debbie 8 months ago from Cleveland, OH
God bless you Albert. Your kindness warms my heart.
Jill 8 months ago from Madison, WI
Albert is a great man. I would like to something like him for the autistic kids in Malaysia.
Basil 8 months ago from Malaysia
I'm glad you're back; perhaps I missed your actual return. I think my favorite was quite some time ago, the young boy who started playing the piano alone on stage at a concert, People didn't know what to think.. The pianist then walked on the stage and helped the boy play a song. The message was clear. It was beautiful. Keep it going!
Mary Dougherty 8 months ago from San Angelo, TX
What a sweet, sweet story!! Thank you for sharing!
Ruth Maher 8 months ago from St. Louis
I love this guy!! Heart warming story!!
Gregory 8 months ago from Trinidad and Tobago
What a blessing Albert is and what a joy this was to watch. It humbled me to see this man devote his time and talents to help out in his little corner of the world. If we all, starting with myself, would donate just a hour of our time and give back to the community what a difference we could all make. Families are suffering and we need to start building them back up - they are the fabric and foundation of our country. I see them disintergrating along with our country. If we could help the families in need or the children, at the very least, I think it would make such a difference.
Kathy 8 months ago from Charleston, WV
What a heartwarming and beautiful story - Albert's smile and giving soul should be an inspiration to us all! God Bless Albert!
Ann N 8 months ago from Houston
If only there were more Alberts!
Daryl 8 months ago from Southern California
The world is a better place because of you.
John A 8 months ago from Paterson NJ
I have a big smile on my face while I am watching this video from Albert !
Thanks 谢谢 from China !
Haixin 8 months ago from China
If you want to do anything, you have in mind, you can do it. I am really moved and impressed the way Albert did his charity work. Lot to learn from him.
Surinder Ghai 8 months ago from New Delhi
What an amazing, wonderful, generous man!
Charlotte 8 months ago from Columbus, IN
God bless you .Your smile and joy are contagious!You made my day reading how you help others.The world needs more people like you!
Lisa Cruz 8 months ago from RI
People like Albert are what keep our world a meaningful place. Thank you, Albert!
Marilyn 8 months ago from Topeka, KS
Precious, precious man. What an example to everyone he is! God bless him for what he does with such a joyful heart.
Patricia 8 months ago from Southern CA
If you don't believe in angels....think again! What a special person and Albert's story is very inspiring.
Bruce Tipton 8 months ago from Carlsbad,CA
Albert, what can I say? I was profoundly touched by your story of giving and of life. You are truly an angel on Earth, the example of one of the most fine men that I have heard the story of how much you give and how much that giving gives you the friendshiip of
Deana Hall- DeGroot 8 months ago from Heathrow, FL
Albert is a really blessed soul. Lets hope all his hard work goes to use!
confidental 12 months ago from Somewhere in the milky way
Albert is a true example of "Better to give, than to receive." Albert's story should be aired in every school in the world! Starting at the earliest age that is appropriately possible. Funny thing about his giving is he also receives great joy by his deeds. Oh my! Where have all the "Albert's gone?" Albert we are in awe of you! Wish you could live forever. Hopefully your example will! Sincerely and respectfully, Lynne and Robert.
LYNNE AND ROBERT about 1 year ago from ct
Good job Albert! We need more people like you!
matt about 1 year ago from dewitt IA
I've known Albert all of my life. He lives in my hometown. He is truly an amazing man! While driving through Greensboro N.C. in September I passed one of his billboards on the highway there.. It made me proud to say "Hey, I know that guy!"
Judy S about 1 year ago from Pennsylvania
God bless you for the good work you are doing.
Winnie saina over 1 year ago from Kenya
i think that is great!!!!!!!
bob about 2 years ago from usa
Albert is an inspiration to me. I will let his example keep me moving in the right direction...
Jackie E. about 2 years ago from Redondo Beach, CA
What a great way to make a difference in someone's life. :D
GREG SWEENEY over 2 years ago from UNT
I can be a pretty cynical person, but this floored me. Thank you, Albert, for what you've done for these kids and for sharing your story with us.
L over 2 years ago from Iowa
I think that Albert is a true saint and that everyone can learn from his caring nature and commitiment to the community
Debriel P. over 2 years ago from Denton, Tx
This man is truly an inspiration. I am in awe of him.
Mirna Roque over 2 years ago from Denton, TX
What an amazing, selfless thing to do. Albert Lexie is the perfect example of how to make a positive difference in this world.
Leland R over 2 years ago from Denton, TX
What a great guy. If you don't have a role model in your life, this is someone that could definitely be a good candidate for one. His selfless actions show that this world doesn't revolve around one person, but that were all people so we should give help to those in need.
Brandon Smith over 2 years ago from UNT!
A man like that is something we should all strive to be in our lives today. Giving back to people who don't have money is truly a blessing.
Kimberly Ciocan over 2 years ago from Denton, Texas
Wow. Just reading this makes me want to give back to my community. Having people like you in this world is truly a blessing. THANK YOU. :)
Kimberly Ciocan over 2 years ago from Denton, Texas
Truly an inspiration when a selfless act like that is enacted. The smile on his face says the innermost reward he receives.
Graham Low over 2 years ago from Denton, TX
Not many people can be that sharing. He truely cares for those kids huh... good man
Alex M over 2 years ago from Denton TX.
His annual income is only about $10,000 and he donates approximately $10,000 a year to the hospital. No-one can say that donating to those in need is impossible, Albert donates almost all of his income to help these children. We should all look at Albert as a role model and find ways to give back because he literally contradicts any statement that says charity is impossible or difficult to do.
Aubrey over 2 years ago from Denton, Texas
Albert is an example of hope and is an inspiration to others such as myself. He is the true definition of a devoted citizen that truly cares about others.
Taylor Cormier over 2 years ago from Denton, Texas
Albert is a truly compassionate individual. His story shows how selfless and giving he is on multiple levels -- his time, effort, and money. He is a truly determined and motivated individual, for his commitment was not for a day, or even a week, but for 30 years.
Blake Ward over 2 years ago from Denton, TX
I love the smile he has on his face! A true inspiration and a model we should follow.
Rachel B. over 2 years ago from Denton, TX
This is a really cool story and a really cool man. Pretty awesome that he's done this for so long when most people complain about getting up at seven in the morning to go to work or school.
Cameron S. over 2 years ago from Denton, Texas
Albert Lexie is a remarkable man who has basically committed his life to enhancing the lives of sick children. He is not only a man of courage but a man of perserverance. A lot of children today in the world are truly benefitting and living to their fullest potential because of him. I want to be one to say thank you Albert Lexie for doing something so outstanding!
Felicia Swanier over 2 years ago from Denton, Texas
What an Inspiration! It is truly remarkable to see someone so open to change to help the future generation to succeed! Thank you for giving back!
Sarah Hall over 2 years ago from Denton, TX
This man is sacrificing his time, effort, and financial security in order to help others. He is truly an honorable man.
Schuyler R. over 2 years ago from Flower Mound, TX
What a great message! He is giving up luxury for kids of the future! Congrats on making the world a better place!
Sarah Hall over 2 years ago from Denton,TX
Albert Lexie's commitment to what he does makes me believe there is a better way to live life. Thank you Albert Lexie, you inspire me!
Kristopher Davis over 2 years ago from Denton, TX
This is truly heart warming!
Rocky Hart over 2 years ago from Denton, Texas
It's things like this that warm my heart! Thanks for reminding me of how much more giving I should be
Colton Bigham over 2 years ago from Denton, TX
That is a true sign of doing something for nothing in return. NO one really wants to shine shoes for a living and this person did it!
Maomi Chu over 2 years ago from Denton, TX
This story reminds me of a quote I heard from a speaker back in high school. "The more you give, the more you get. But the more you get, the more you have to give." Scot Lang used this quote to describe how people should be living their lives. Albert is doing this, and so much more. His work is setting an example for what this generation and the ones to come should be doing.
Kaci Franssen over 2 years ago from Denton, TX
I wish there were more people like this in the world today. He's the perfect example of the type of person I hope to be one day.
Morgan G. over 2 years ago from Denton, TX
This is truly amazing how a man will get up that early in the morning two days a week to help raise funds for kids in need!
Hayden M. over 2 years ago from Denton, Tx
This man is exactly what makes a person a "humanitarian". He is a true blessing to the community.
Alexis Blaylock over 2 years ago from Denton, tx
This is the example that we need to follow. His dedication to his mission is amazing. I can only imagine how many lives he has saved and touched through his efforts.
Rebecca G. over 2 years ago from Denton, TX
This story shows that there are still good people in the world. Yeah, I'm a good person but would I really donate almost my entire income? Albert Lexie is a wonderful man and I'm really grateful for all that he's done.
Kayla Casperson over 2 years ago from Denton, TX
This man is a blessing and I cannot imagine how many lives he has touched and saved. This story gave me chills.
Brett D. over 2 years ago from Denton, Texas
Albert is a truly inspirational man to give up his money for the betterment of children. We should all take from his selflessness.
Jasmine over 2 years ago from Brownsville, TX
This billboard is on West Colfax Avenue in Lakewood, CO. Albert is a hero. I think I want to be a hero too...
JFC almost 3 years ago from Lakewood CO
Thank you Albert!
Penny C. almost 3 years ago from Rockford IL
My favorite poster! Bravo Albert!
Nancy about 3 years ago from New Jersey
Thank you Albert for your inspiring example.
Rachelle about 3 years ago from Seattle
After reading this story, I was confronted once more with the reality that if you are truly going to help others, you need to make sacrifices in your personal life? What are you willing to give up in your lifestyle? Downsize to a modest abode, give up your vacations, reduce what you spend on entertainment? What sacrifices did Albert make to be able to spend two days a week shining shoes and donating the proceeds and are we willing to do the same? The personal sacrifices are the more difficult thing to do.
Raz Giancola about 3 years ago from Woodbridge Ontario, Canada
he is my everyday hero.
a.j about 3 years ago from lagos state nigeria
If each of us, were prepared to give 10% of what Albert gives - simply imagine the difference to our society that could make..
Albert - may I commend you on your continuing fantastic show of commitment, and selfless charity ...
Craig K over 3 years ago from Baghdad, Iraq
I passed this billboard while on vacation far from Pittsburgh, and was surprised and delighted to see Albert. Like Ellie N, I knew him when I worked at Children's Hospital. It is great to know that his remarkable story is being told beyond the walls of the hospital. Thank you.
Leslie R over 3 years ago from Pittsburgh PA
Albert...you look great. It is a great honor and sets a great example for everyone. It was a great honor to be a fellow Allstar Among Us at this year's 2010 Allstar Game in Anaheim. Keep up the great work.
Steve M. over 3 years ago from Wyoming, ON
I passed this billboard while traveling from New Mexico to my home in Fort Wayne and nearly had an accident when I recognized Albert. I worked at Children's Hospital from 1989 to 1996 and saw Albert there regularly. His dedication to his mission is amazing. Thanks for setting such a great example over your lifetime, Albert!
Ellie N over 3 years ago from Fort Wayne, IN
Albert is such a beautiful example of selflessness. If only this world had more people like him. This would be a much kinder and more wonderful place.
Amelia S. over 3 years ago from Detroit
Congratulations!!! Albert, you are what the world needs more of.
Paul M over 3 years ago from Bethel Park
Its the simple things in life, like Albert donating to a greater cause, that should make us all say- how can I make a difference?
Rose C. almost 4 years ago from CHP, Pittsburgh, PA