Even after nearly a quarter of a century, Albert remains motivated by one thing: to help families in a time of need.”
About This Billboard
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.
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Our Junction City neighborhoods in Kansas could use a few of these!!!
Robin, Junction City, Kansas
What a caring man! Thank you, Mr. Lexie!
This simply proves that anyone, anywhere can do great things in a small way....
Cheers Mr. Albert.
Would love to hear from you.
Tony Herold, India
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, 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, Hilo, HI
what a wonderful wonderful heartwarming story!
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, St. Louis
Albert warms my heart
Rebecca Mott-Lynn, Selbyville DE
I display this true story to my school children for inspiration
maria, karachi, pakistan
Albert's story is the sweetest! If only everyone was so generous, there would be no poverty!
Karen, 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, Cleveland, OH
God bless you Albert. Your kindness warms my heart.
Jill, Madison, WI
Albert is a great man. I would like to something like him for the autistic kids in 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, San Angelo, TX
What a sweet, sweet story!! Thank you for sharing!
Ruth Maher, St. Louis
I love this guy!! Heart warming story!!
Gregory, 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, 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, Houston
If only there were more Alberts!
Daryl, Southern California
The world is a better place because of you.
John A, Paterson NJ