Pittsburgh Shoe Shiner's Incredible Donation Helps Sick Children

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Albert Lexie, the genial 71-year-old who earned his living shining shoes at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, has recently captured the hearts of many in his hometown due to his incredibly generous spirit.

Mr. Lexie retired earlier this week after 30 years of ensuring the shoes of the hospital's visitors and staff stayed sparkling. However, he provided much more than a great shoe shining service—over the course of his career Albert Lexie donated more than one-third of his earnings, more than $200,000, to the Free Care Fund at Children's Hospital.

The Free Care Fund ensures that children within the region receive the care they need and deserve regardless of their families' insurance or ability to pay. The Fund is sustained through donations from community members, like Mr. Lexie, who maintains that he "just wanted to see the kids get better."

Here at our law firm, we too recognize the importance of supporting a worthy cause like the Free Care Fund at Children's Hospital. This year, in addition to hosting a "Like" contest on the firm's Facebook page to generate awareness, we are also donating $1,000 to Free Care Fund on behalf of Edgar Snyder & Associates. "Parents face plenty of worries, but whether or not they can afford their child's heath care should never be one of them," says Attorney Edgar Snyder.

Source: “Shoe-shining benefactor to Children's Hospital to retire after 30 years.” Post-Gazette.com. December 17, 2013.