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'Bicycle Man' sets record for giveaway

Posted December 22, 2009

— Moses Mathis gave away a record number of bikes this year.

Mathis, more commonly known as the "Bicycle Man," has been repairing used bicycles and giving them to children from low-income families for 17 years.

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He said he and his volunteers spends eight hours a day for 10 months in his workshop on Black & Decker Road for "the smiles, the hugs, the kisses, the thank-yous" he gets one day each December.

"We work all year long, just for this day," Mathis said. "This is the day that I get my reward."

This year, more than 1,100 bikes were be donated, repaired and put on display for eager children, each of whom had gotten a voucher for a bike after applying through their schools or the Department of Social Services. He also gave away 100 computers.

In 2008, he gave away 1,046 bicycles.

"I like that it's cool and it has handles and that it has pretty little strings," Julia Bouknight said about her bike.

Mathis said the number of children requesting bicycles this year was up by 25 percent.

"It's kind of rough out there. The parents are losing their homes. The economics are bad, so it's just bad all the way around," Mathis said.

In 2010, Matthis' charity work will face a new challenge: By the end of January, he will have to leave his current warehouse space. Matthis said he might have to cancel the 2010 giveaway to focus on raising money for permanent space. During the past decade, he has moved three times.

Mathis accepts donations of bikes and cash to fund his venture through his Web site www.thebicycleman.com. To arrange to drop off a bike, call 910-424-3083.



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  • 2thebeach Dec 23, 2009

    Has our state awarded Mr. Moses with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine? I can think of no person more deserving of this award.

  • Tired Of Excuses Dec 22, 2009

    What a great gift. I just hope the kids who received his bikes appreciate what he and others do for them.

  • lyricalsoulexperience Dec 22, 2009

    ...much more like an example for all americans, regardless of race to follow.

  • Rolling Along Dec 22, 2009

    Moses Mathis is THE MAN!

    We donate to him every year because he gives back to the community.

  • kheaven08 Dec 22, 2009

    This was a wonderful event. He is a wonderful man that care for others. My 4 year old daughter received her a bike today from there and she was very grateful and excited. He even gave out free food and drinks. The staff there was polite and caring. They even gave the children a big goodie bag with a helment and all.

    Keep doing wonderful things and making kids happy!!!

  • SWEET-N-SOUR Dec 22, 2009

    God Bless him and all the people that have helped him. He is truly a God sent.

  • BraveHeart Dec 22, 2009

    This man is an example for young african americans to follow...helping the community...being a part of something good..creating a lasting legacy....peace on earth good will to those who give it

  • timothycapwell Dec 22, 2009

    adly alot of the kids who receive the bikes won't be "under privleged".
    Click to view my profile fiestysp

    Or legal Americans

  • Its My Prerogative Dec 22, 2009

    The picture on his website is SOOOO very touching. He fixed a bike for a handicapped person in a wheelchair!!! WOOOOOW Way to go Bicycle Man!!! You truly are THE MAN!!!!!

  • starglow2005 Dec 22, 2009

    I wish this charity had a donation drop off location in Raleigh. I have 3-4 bikes I could donate, but I can't take them all the way down to Fayetteville for drop off. Maybe WRAL could hold a "Bikes for the Children" campaign sometime during the year to collect used bicycles locally!

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