Albert Lexie

“I give because I love the kids very much. I think they’re very special.”

Albert Lexie has been shining shoes since 1982 at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He makes only $10,000 a year, but early on, he began setting aside tips with the goal of raising $100,000 for sick kids. Last year, he reached this milestone. By then, he had donated the entire amount to the Children’s Free Care Fund, which ensures all kids receive medical care regardless of a family’s ability to pay. This goal accomplished, he set out to raise more funds than Jerry Lewis in his decades of telethons for muscular dystrophy. Albert’s desire to help has strengthened his arm over the years and made him a hero among hospital staff. They know he represents a side of the hospital that is too often forgotten that of charity. Albert is driven to go on with his selfless labor for one simple reason. “It’s because I love the kids very much; I think they’re very special.”