Pittsburgh shoe cleaner donates $200K in tips to children's hospital

Last Updated: Fri, Feb 22, 2013 09:50 hrs

A shoe shiner has reportedly donated 200,000 dollars to a children's hospital in Pittsburg.

Every Tuesday and Thursday before the sun rises, Albert Lexie, 70, arrives at the Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Lexie is not a doctor, but a shoe shiner for more than 30 years.

He has cleaned the shoes of many loyal customers at Pittsburgh Children's and has not kept the tips but given to the children's hospital.

Every tip Lexie has ever received since he began shining shoes in 1981 has gone to the Children's Hospital Free Care Fund, according to ABC News affiliate WTAE in Pittsburgh.

The fund goes towards the care of sick children whose parents cannot afford to pay for medical care.

Over the years, his hard-earned tips have amounted to more than 200,000 dollars for the free-care fund.

Lexie started shining shoes in high school, when he saw other kids making shoe shining boxes.

He said his passion for the fund began when he watched a TV anchorwoman he admired covering a Free Care Fund telethon.

Since then, more than one-third of Lexie's income has gone to the fund, according to Carcillo. (ANI)

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