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  • 22 February 2013, 0:04

Hospital Shoe Shiner Donates $200k To Kids

A man who has given shoe shines at a hospital for 32 years has donated $200,000 (131,000) to help sick children.

Albert Lexie, who started in his trade during the 1950s, made the generous offer to the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

According to Mr Lexie, although he charges $5 for a shine, customers have given him generous tips.

"Most of them give $6, some of them give $7," Mr Lexie told Pittsburgh's WTAE-TV.

Mr Lexie has worked shining shoes at the hospital since 1981 and donates all his tips to the children.

"I think he does it because he loves the kids," Dr Joseph Carcillo said. "He has donated over a third of his lifetime salary to the Children's Hospital Free Care Fund."

The donations from Pittsburgh's most generous shoe shiner are distributed to the parents of sick children who are unable to pay their full medical bills.

Dr Carcillo said: "He's a philanthropist, is what he is. He's an entrepreneur."

According to the station, Mr Lexie has donated $200,000 to the care fund from his tips over the years.

"I had a doctor who gave me a $50 bill for Christmas," Mr Lexie said with a laugh. "It's good to be a hero."

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