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'Bicycle Man's' widow keeping his dream alive, plans to give away 1,000 bikes

Posted December 15, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014

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— The widow of Fayetteville's "The Bicycle Man," who surprised thousands of children with refurbished bikes, is keeping his dream alive this Christmas by repairing and donating bikes, just like her husband did.

“I really did not know how much work it was until I got to the helm myself,” said Ann Mathis.

Moses Mathis died two years ago. Since then, his wife has made sure her husband’s memory and his dream project live on.

“I understand the passion that he (had) for this. Seeing the smiles on kids’ faces, he lived for that,” she said.

Ann Mathis plans to give away 1,000 bikes this Christmas, something she says she couldn’t do without help from volunteers like Bob Miarer.

“I was one of those kids that had a bike that came out of a junk yard and made it work, and to see these other kids have it, it’s going to be really cool,” he said.

Ann Mathis has worked with several agencies to identify children in need of the bikes. The giveaway takes place Dec. 20 at The Bicycle Man's warehouse at 1800 Wynfare Drive.

For more information, call 910-424-3083, 910-822-2034 or email bikes4kids2@gmail.com.


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  • Angie Cox Dec 16, 2014
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    God bless her. that is so kind...

  • The Real Truth Dec 16, 2014

    Love these people. This is what Christmas is all about.

  • newssaavy72 Dec 16, 2014

    Great to see that this continues to go on after the Bicycle Man left this legacy to his wife.

  • SAY 'WHAT" ONE MORE TIME! Dec 16, 2014

    I remember having a smile come across my face every year I'd read about this man. Good on his wife for continuing his work

  • BritBrat Dec 16, 2014

    I have about 4 bikes that I can donate. My kids are getting bigger bikes this Christmas. This is a great legacy to continue and to help less fortunate children.

  • mad_dash Dec 16, 2014

    This is so nice to hear.. Thanks so much for all you do!