Bicycle Man's widow continues tradition in Fayetteville
Posted December 19, 2015
Fayetteville, N.C. — Every year hundreds of children show up at a warehouse in Fayetteville to pick out a bicycle during the holiday season, a tradition started by Moses Mathis, also known as the "Bicycle Man."
Despite Mathis' death two years ago, his widow, Ann Mathis, continues to take the event—now in its 25th year—to higher levels.
This year, Mathis collected 1,300 bicycles.
“Some of these kids don’t get anything else, other than what they’re getting out here,” Mathis said. “So it’s awesome to see that.”
Tiffany Bennett, a mother of eight children, said she is grateful of Moses and the volunteers who help supply the bikes for families.
“These are my daughters’ first bikes, so I just thank God for blessing us with the opportunity to come here and meet and greet people,” Bennett said.
Kendra Chestnutt, who brought her 7-year-old niece, Zhanya Felton, to the event, said seeing a smile on the children’s faces is what it’s all about.
The children are identified by their schools to receive the bicycles. The bicycles are donated throughout the year and refurbished by volunteers.
“A child is always going to want a bicycle,” Mathis said. “So long as they do, and I can make sure they get one, I’ll be here.”