'Bicycle Man' once again wheels out holiday cheer

Moses Mathis - also known to many as the 'Bicycle Man' in Fayetteville

December 22, 2011 3:50:20 PM PST
Dozens of volunteers in Fayetteville saw the spirit of Christmas Thursday with the smiles of hundreds of needy children who were given free bicycles.

For 20 years, Moses Mathis - also known to many as the 'Bicycle Man' - has fixed old bikes and given them away before Christmas.

On Thursday morning, the 74-year-old handed out over 1,100 bikes at his warehouse at the intersection of Bragg Boulevard and Pamalee Drive.

"I've had so many hugs and kisses from the little kids out here who have said, 'If it was not for you I would not have received a gift for Christmas.' That makes me feel happy," Mathis said.

Malaki McLean said he woke up early Thursday morning with one thing on his mind.

"To get a new bike," he said. "It's awesome and cool."

In July, Mathis busted his knuckle with a wrench, which made repairs to the bikes difficult. However, volunteers worked by his side throughout the year to make sure every wheel was tightened in time for Christmas.

"When I bust a knuckle I tell them 'Christmas is coming,' I just get the other hand and start turning," he said with a laugh.

To learn more about Mathis visit and the annual give-a-way www.thebicycleman.com

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