Humble shoe-shine donates $200,000 to help sick children
Albert Lexie never made much money as a shoe-shine - but that didn’t stop him donating more than $200,000 in tips to help a children’s hospital.
When Lexie began working at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in the early 80s, he earned $5 a time for shining shoes, with most customers tipping him a dollar each time.
By 2008, he had already raised more than $110,000 for parents of sick children who can’t afford medical costs.
As word of his generosity spread, customers began tipping more and more.
“Most of them give $6, some of them give $7,” Lexie told Channel 4 Action News. “I had a doctor who gave me a $50 bill for Christmas.
“It’s good to be a hero.”