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Albert is now on Facebook!


Albert donated a check for $5,555.00 to the Children's Hospital Free Care Fund.   

Albert's Retirement on ABC News

More Articles about Albert's Retirement:

Huffington Post

Pittsburgh Post Gazette

WPXI Pittsburgh

UPMC Children's Hospital

KDKA Pittsburgh

WTAE Pittsburgh

The Valley Independent


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June 13th, 2013 - Albert was featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer

Albert was featured on WTAE TV Pittsburgh.

Albert has now raised more than $200,000 for Children's Hospital Free Care Fund.

More recent stories on the Web:


Huffington Post

Denver Post

Fox News



See Albert in the News - click here!

See Albert on WPXI Pittsburgh - click here!

See Albert on KDKA Pittsburgh - click here!

Albert's new book is out - Albert's Kids: The Heroic Work of Shining Shoes for Sick Children


Albert raised $310.00 at the Mon Valley Home Show.

Albert made his annual appearance on the KDKA Children's Hospital Telethon - December 15th. Albert showed his new book - "Albert's Kids: The heroic work of shining shoes for sick children." It should be coming out soon!

I hope to have more details soon.

Albert was honored by the Monessen Veterans of Foreign Wars. The award took place at Monessen City Hall on April 7th, 2011.

On February 2nd, 2011, Albert shined shoes for free at Valley 1st Credit Union in Monessen. All tips went to the Free Care Fund.

Albert raised over $7,000.00 for the Children's Hospital Free Care Fund. He presented his check at the annual telethon. Congratulations to Albert and thanks to all of his buddies!

Albert was honored at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Anaheim, California. Congratulations to Albert! It is an honor well deserved!!

Thanks to his "buddies" for their support!


"Albert Lexie Day in Monessen"

Rep. Ted Harhai, Albert, Mayor Mary Jo Smith

New: Albert was honored by the City of Monessen for his contributions

More pictures from Albert Lexie Day!

Want to see Albert's billboard? I-79 South (WV) on the left - the approximate mile marker is 116.

Albert will represent the Pittsburgh Pirates at the Major League Baseball All-Star game. The game will be held in Anaheim, California on July 13th. Thanks to Albert's "buddies" who voted for him!

New: Albert is in Pittsburgh Magazine - He keeps going and going here

New: Albert is featured on a "Billboard".  The Foundation for a Better Life has Albert on a new billboard - see Albert's picture above.

New: Albert's story is in the June 11th edition of the Valley Independent.

New: Albert was one of three Pittsburgh Pirate nominees for the People Magazine All-Stars - who were voted on recently. The winners were announced on June 28th (Albert won!). The top vote-getter for each team will attend and be honored at the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Anaheim and one will be featured in PEOPLE magazine.

New: Albert has a new buddy - Elliot Mast, who has dedicated his entire baseball
season to Children's Hospital (see below):

Mr. Lexie, you are truly an inspiration to me.. I am an 11 year old baseball player who is raising money for the Child Life Program at Children's... Below is my info. You should check out my blog:, I would love to talk with you. Thank You! Elliot.

Albert was honored by Mon Valley Networking, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting business growth in the Mon Valley. MVN presented Albert with a $250.00 check for his years of service to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.  

Albert raises $7649.00 for the Children's Hospital Free Care Fund! Thanks to all of his "buddies" who helped.

Albert now in the movies! Albert appeared in "Happiness Is"

Albert appeared in the September 2009 issue of Pittsburgh Magazine - click

Albert shined shoes at the annual "Relay for Life".  The June 27-28th event raises money for the American Cancer Society.

Albert was honored at the Mon Valley Salvation Army Annual Dinner. He was awarded for making the Mid-Mon Valley a better place! 

Albert presented a check for $10,939.00 during the Children's Hospital Free Care Fund Telethon. The program aired on KDKA-TV on Wednesday, December 17, 2008. You can leave a tip for Albert Kid's on the following Children's Hospital Free Care Fund page - click here.

A Shining Example - Albert's story is featured on WQED Pittsburgh. This is a great video for the holiday season.

Grace LaCarte, 7 years old, of Charleroi, donated $653.50 to Albert. Grace held a garage sale, selling her favorite toys, to raise money for Albert's kids. The Tribune Review article  and the WTAE article reported the event at Children's Hospital, Pittsburgh. Thank you Grace!

Albert appeared at the Mon Valley Home Show.

Albert was interviewed for a Sirius Satellite radio show hosted by Senator Bill Bradley. The show, American Voices, tells the stories of people who do great things for others. American Voices airs nationwide on Sundays. We will post the date when we are notified.

Albert shined shoes at the Monessen Rite Aid on Saturday, December 9th from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. There was no charge for the shoe shines, but all tips went to the  Children's Hospital Free Care Fund.

Albert appeared on WQED Pittsburgh, December 12th, at 7:30 p.m.

Albert returned to the annual KDKA TV and Children's Hospital Free Care Fund television show. The show was televised on December 19th on KDKA.

Albert was honored by Allegheny County Council on Tuesday, November 21.

Children's Hospital President and CEO, Roger Oxendale, Albert Lexie, and Steve Docimo, MD


The Caring Institute honored Albert at the 19th National Caring Awards on Tuesday, October 17, 2006. Albert and 12 other caring Americans were honored at the event. The awards were held at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore Maryland. Albert was also inducted into the Frederick Douglass Museum & Hall of Fame for Caring Americans in Washington, D. C.

New: "More" pictures from the awards - click!

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Albert appeared in the National Examiner Magazine April 10, 2006 issue.

Albert received a citation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives sponsored by Monessen Rep. R. Ted Harhai and Washington County Rep. Peter J. Daly II. The following letter of thanks was written by Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell:

“It is my distinct pleasure to thank you for the enormously generous donation you gave to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Your generosity has made a positive difference in the lives of countless citizens. You have demonstrated a true love and commitment to your community and its people. Through your generosity you have made an invaluable contribution to the community in which you live that will be remembered for years to come.

On behalf of all Pennsylvanians, I offer my gratitude and admiration for your extreme generosity. You are the epitome of a selfless person and we are lucky to have you as a resident of Pennsylvania. Thank you again.”

Edward G. Rendell
Mach 2006

 Albert appeared at the "Mon Valley Home and Garden Show" on Friday, March 17, Saturday, March 18, and Sunday, March 19th. Albert shined shoes and donated over 300.00 in tips to Children's Hospital.

 Albert Honored By Children's Hospital
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh hosted a "Thank You Celebration" for Albert on Tuesday, February 28th at the hospital. President and CEO Roger Oxendale, staff and friends of Albert were on hand for the celebration. Local Pittsburgh and Mid-Mon Valley media were also in attendance. Albert was presented with a plaque for his great achievement.

Roger Oxendale began the event and spoke about Albert's hard work and dedication to the patients and families of Children's Hospital.

Children's Hospital Urologist Dr. Steven G. Docimo, spoke of Albert's selfless nature. "I would argue that Albert is a wealthy man today. They say that you can't take wealth with you, but I think the wealth that Albert has accumulated he can take with him forever."

Albert took the podium and thanked the doctors and his faithful customers. "I appreciate all the doctor's work, and all of my good customers," he said. "I appreciate all of you and I love you all."

What a memorable day it was!

Also, check out the Pittsburgh Post Gazette article about Albert's party - click. WTAE-TV also had an article about Albert on their Web site.

More articles....

Pictures from Albert's celebration

 Albert presented his annual check to the Children's Hospital "Free Care Fund" for $9,448.00. The Holiday event was televised December 20, 2005 on KDKA television.

During 2004, Albert raised $13,735.00 for Children's Hospital. Albert had another successful year!

Albert is now over the $100,000 donation mark. He appeared on the "Jane Pauley Show" on January 31, 2005 on NBC. An anonymous donor from Pittsburgh put Albert over the top during the show. Albert appeared at the end of the show and was surprised by Jane with the large donation. You can also donate to the "Free Care Fund" through Children's Hospital new form.

A Surprise for a Man Whose Done So Much
Albert Lexie has been shining shoes for over 40 years. But twenty years ago, he saw a telethon for Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh that brought new meaning to his work. He began donating his tips to the hospital with the goal of donating $100,000 in his lifetime. Amazingly, he has raised almost $97,000. Today, The Jane Pauley Show and an anonymous donor help Albert reach his goal.
  •  Albert appeared on the CBS Evening News  on Friday, January 14, 2005. The piece was titled "Shining Example" and featured Albert in the uplifting segment. KDKA television rebroadcast the segment on the morning news.  

  • Children's Hospital honored Albert on his birthday with a new wheeled cart. The cart was the idea of Ricki Smith of the Children's radiology department. Special thanks to Salco Engineering and Manufacturing of Jackson, Michigan who created the cart. 

    2 pictures from the local papers:

One of Albert's "buddies", Jonathan Finder, put it best when he said, "Albert makes you think of the song about how a mole can chew down a mountain," "He has donated tens of thousands of dollars, one pair of shoes at a time."

If you want to make a contribution to the Children's Hospital Free Care Fund you can mail Albert at the following address:

Albert Lexie
P.O. Box 39
Monessen, PA 15062-0039

Make checks payable to "Children's Hospital Free Care Fund"

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