A guy named Albert Lexie shined shoes at the Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh for over 30 years. And sadly, he passed away last week at 76. But he’s in the news, because he always donated his tips to pay for medical care for underprivileged kids. And in the end, he gave away over $200,000.
A guy named Albert Lexie was born with some developmental issues, and worked as a shoeshiner at the Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh for over 30 years.
He charged $5 per shine, and only made about $10,000 a year. But the amazing part is he never kept ANY of his tips.
He donated every single tip to something called the Free Care Fund, which helps provide medical care to underprivileged kids.
Oprah did a story on him a while back. So did “People” magazine. And Major League Baseball honored him at the 2010 All-Star Game.
Unfortunately, we’re talking about him again now because Albert passed away last week at the age of 76. Which was a big loss for a lot of people who loved him.
But someone tallied up all the donations he made over the years. And in the end, he gave away over $200,000, or more than a third of all the money he made.
The president of the hospital says he’s the “perfect example of how small, incremental acts of kindness can impact millions of people.”