Albert Lexie was the kind of hero that truly inspires those around him.
For 32 years, Mr. Lexie rose before the sun, making his way to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
For 32 years, he set up his shoeshine stand and made shoes sparkle, earning tips from happy customers.
And for 32 years, Albert Lexie donated those tips to “his kids” at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, helping to make sure that all children in the Pittsburgh region could get the lifesaving care they need.
From 1982 to 2013, the “shoeshine saint” raised more than $202,000, donating it all to the hospital’s Free Care Fund. He was known for saying, “Jerry (Lewis) has his kids and I have mine. And mine are at Children’s Hospital.”
We were fortunate to have Mr. Lexie at our Corporate Office Chow Chow Luncheon a few years back. He set up his shoe shine chair in our lobby and shined as many people’s shoes as he could during our event and then donated his tips to our event.
We are truly inspired by Mr. Lexie’s legacy of giving and plan to carry it on as best we can. We’re in the midst of our Children’s Free Care Fund fundraising season, holding Chow Chow events at all our local offices as well the Corporate (Pittsburgh) & Home (Cleveland) offices. If you would like to attend one of these events and help us raise money to ensure that all children receive the care they need, you can visit HannaFreeCareFund.com to purchase tickets to an event near you or to make a donation.
Albert Lexie’s legacy of giving shows that we can all be heroes. We can all help those in our community who are less fortunate. We all have the capacity within ourselves to rise up and care for those around us. Mr. Lexie may no longer be with us, but his legacy lives on.