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'Bicycle Man' brings early Christmas to Fayetteville

Posted December 22, 2010

Moses Mathis accepts donated bicycles throughout the year so he can restore them and give them to needy children in the Fayetteville area.

— For the 20th straight year, Moses Mathis is playing Santa Claus to hundreds of Fayetteville-area children.

Mathis, known as "the Bicycle Man," handed out more than 1,100 refurbished bicycles to needy children on Wednesday morning.

"I've always wanted a bike for Christmas. I always asked for a bike, but never got it," said Shakera Rogers, 11, who picked out a bike from among the rows of two-wheelers inside a Fayetteville warehouse.

Bicycle Man giveaway 'Bicycle Man' brings early Christmas to Fayetteville

"It just makes me feel good on the inside," said Ayanna Gamble, 10.

Mathis, 72, accepts donated bikes throughout the year and then restores them to give to children whose families cannot afford to buy a bicycle.

"As long as I got a building, I'll be doing this," he said.

He is operating out of his third location in four years. Last year, the warehouse he was in was sold, so he had to move.

Rich Croegaert, the owner of Mathis' new warehouse on Old Wilmington Road, gave him space rent-free through the end of the year. Croegaert is working with local ministers to ensure that Mathis can stay where he is for years to come.

Mathis set a record last year, giving away more than 1,200 bikes. On Wednesday, he gave away almost as many.

"To see the smiles, the kids' laughter, the hugs, the kisses. That's why I do it.," he said.

Elizabeth Morales, 10, picked a pink bike because she liked the patterns on the side of the two-wheeler.

"I'll wait till after Christmas because my mom said I can't ride it till after Christmas," she said.


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  • Groovy Dec 23, 2010

    One of only a few good people left. Thank you Mr. Mathis.

  • RWS Dec 22, 2010

    This man is truly amazing! Happy Holidays to you Mr. Mathis!

  • MitziGaynor Dec 22, 2010

    Now THIS is a great way to end the day. I have a bike that I have been holding onto. Too good to toss, but needs a little work. Need to look him up. Merry Christmas Mr. Mathis!

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  • blackdog Dec 22, 2010

    It is so refreshing to read something positive.

  • Tug Boat Dec 22, 2010

    I met Mr. Mathis years ago and had a chance to talk to him at a luncheon. He said that if a bicycle kept one child off of drugs and out of trouble, then his efforts are worth it. And who said that Angels don’t exist??? May God bless you and your family Mr. Mathis!

  • Pseudonym Dec 22, 2010

    Quote from BigUNCFan: "Note that this good news story only has 7 comments while the teacher showing naughty tapes has dozens. I wish it were not so."

    Yup, and as of 5:18 PM, the DADT story has 301 comments, mostly hateful and bigoted on both sides, while this comment from me on this story is #15.

  • lilrednekgrl Dec 22, 2010

    Wish More People Like this would have Such a Great Christmas Spirit! I also wish this would be *Top* News Stories in the Future!

  • CarolinianByChoice Dec 22, 2010

    Mr. Mathis, you are a truly wonderful and giving man. Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

  • Diabolical Dec 22, 2010

    Aww, that's sweet of him. Merry x-mas.