He shined shoes twice a week, every week, for thirty years, collecting a modest tip for his effort and in that time he changed lives. It wasn’t the lives of the people whose shoes he shined he was looking to change, but the kids who he supported, because in those thirty years Albert Lexie raised over $200,000 for sick kids.
Lexie began shining shoes at the Pittsburgh hospital in 1982. Twice a week, he left his home at 5:50 a.m. and rode the bus to Pittsburgh from his small town of Monessen, Pennsylvania — roughly a two-hour journey. He charged $3 for a shine. He didn’t make much — $10,000 a year — but he sent his tips to the Free Care Fund. The fund helps uninsured or underinsured children receive medical care they need.
Lexie died earlier at this month at the age of 76, but in his time he impacted many lives. Lexie was awarded the Jefferson Medal for Outstanding Citizen in 1997, the Outstanding Philanthropist Award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2001 and the National Caring Award by the Caring Institute in 2006. In 2010, Lexie was one of 30 honorees in the 2010 Major League Baseball’s “All-Stars Among Us.” In 1999, his hometown proclaimed “Albert Lexie Day” and the Port Authority of Allegheny County awarded him a lifetime bus pass.
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