Albert began his shoe-shine career about 40 years ago when he built a shoe-shine box in shop class. He has shined shoes in the business districts of the Mid-Mon Valley and in the Pittsburgh area for many years.
Two days a week, he traveled by bus to Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh from his home in Monessen. Since 1981, Albert has donated over $200,000 of his hard-earned tips to the Children's Hospital Free Care Fund.
The Free Care Fund provides financial assistance to children who need medical treatment but whose families do not have adequate health insurance or the financial means to pay for it.