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Shoe shiner makes $200,000 in tips at children’s hospital

By Mason White 11:23 AM February 22, 2013
Albert Lexie 

By: Debbie Gross
(Scroll down for video) The people of the United States are very generous, according to a man who shines shoes at a children’s hospital.
Albert Lexie, has reportedly earned $200,000 in tips alone.

Lexie, charged $5 to shine a pair of shoes at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He said that most customers give him a $1 tip while others who are in a giving mood give a $2 tip on top of the $5 charge. For Christmas, one generous doctor gave Lexie, a $50 bill.

Lexie has worked as a shoe shiner since 1950. He started working at the children’s hospital in the early 1980s, and he has received more than $200,000 in shoeshine tips since he began working at the hospital.

Amazingly, Lexie does not keep the tips for himself. He donates the tips to the hospital for the Children’s Hospital Free Care Fund, which helps parents who cannot afford the costs of medical procedures for their sick children.

According to Dr. Joseph Carcillo, Lexie, has donated more than a third of his salary to Children’s Hospital Free Care Fund.

“He can bring in between $500 and $800 dollars a week,” said one of the fund managers.

The people of the United States were generous to him and in turn Lexie was able to be generous to others. Lexie is called a hero by the many people he has helped.

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