Rumor: Shoe shiner donates $200K in tips to children in need

Albert Lexie, a shoe shiner for 32 years, becomes a hero to children's hospital

CONFIRMED: Shoe shiner donates entire tip earnings to children's hospital

For the past 32 years Albert Lexie has shined shoes outside a Pittsburgh children’s hospital and now his joy is in giving back.

According to WTAE, Lexie has donated $200,000 in tip earnings that he’s gotten since he started working in front of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in 1981. Lexie’s price for a shoe shine is $5, but he told WTAE that customers have been generous with their tips over the years.

“Most of them give $6, some of them give $7,” Lexie told Channel 4 Action News.

The money Lexie has donated goes to the Children’s Hospital Free Care Fund, which helps parents of sick children who can’t afford to pay medical costs.

“I think he does it because he loves the kids,” Dr. Joseph Carcillo told WTAE. “He's donated over a third of his lifetime salary to the Children’s Hospital Free Care Fund.”

'Good to be a hero'

“I had a doctor who gave me a $50 bill for Christmas,” Lexie said. “It’s good to be a hero," he told WTAE.

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