Pa. hospital gets shoeshine tips totaling $200,000

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Posted: Feb 21, 2013 12:52 AM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A shoeshine man has given a Pittsburgh children's hospital a total of more than $200,000 in tips he's collected over the last 30 years.

Albert Lexie says he's been shining shoes for $5 at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh since the early 1980s. He says most customers tip him $1 and some give him an extra $2. He says a doctor gave him a $50 bill for Christmas.

WTAE-TV (http://bit.ly/136jx4X ) says Lexie gives all his tip money to the hospital's sick children.

Dr. Joseph Carcillo says Lexie has donated more than a third of his lifetime salary to the Children's Hospital Free Care Fund, which helps parents who can't afford to pay their sick children's medical costs.

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Lexie has been shining shoes since the 1950s. He says, "It's good to be a hero."

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Information from: WTAE-TV, http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com