Albert Lexie aka Shoeshine Man made his rounds through Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC every Tuesday and Thursday for over 30 years shining shoes. Now retired, Shoeshine man Albert Lexie donated all the tips he made from shining shoes, which came up to a little more than $200,000. He donated that money to the Free Care Fund at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. The fund ensures that all patients get the medical attention they need regardless of the families financial inability.
So how did the shoeshine man Albert Lexie get inspired to help the children? According to an interview on ABC News, Greg Barrett the president of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation explained that Albert Lexie found his “calling” to help the children 30 years ago when he saw the fund telethon on the news. Lexie began his shoe shining about a decade before that. According to his website Albert decided to become a shoe shiner when he built a shoe-shine box in shop class.
Albert Lexie grew his compassion and motivation to continue to help the children through creating relationships with the families of the patients. He simply talks to them and gets to know them. He has a genuine love for these people and found a way to help them.
Even though the shoeshine man has retired from shoe shining his legacy continues. He inspires thousands of people to not believe that they can’t make a big difference in other people’s lives, even through humble means. How can you help someone around you? How has Albert Lexie aka the shoeshine man inspired you? Let us know in the comments below.