Bicycle Man's widow keeps tradition alive

A massive bike drive honored a man who dedicated much of his life to giving back during the holidays.
November 9, 2013 6:42:32 PM PST
For years there was one man and one event in Fayetteville that brought smiles to kids' faces at Christmas. It's not Santa Claus, but Moses Mathis who people knew as the "Bicycle Man."

Mathis passed away this summer and now his wife is stepping into the spotlight to keep his tradition alive.

"It will be emotional, very emotional, especially that morning walking in here without him," said Ann Mathis.

Right now more than 600 bicycles are filling a Fayetteville warehouse where Moses Mathis use to spend his days collecting, repairing, and shining up donated bikes.

"It was near the end. I told him I would keep his dream alive this year," said Ann.

Now, three months later, she has kept her word.

"There will be a bike giveaway this year," said Ann. "Right now, I have a goal, but I think we are going to exceed that goal ."

Her magic number is 800.

"We need bikes parts, money, everything," said Ann.

That's why she is making it easy for everyone to give. The biggest need is for 20 inch bikes for both boys and girls.

Ann held a bike drop-off event Saturday in Raleigh. One was also held last week in Raeford.

"It's always going to be Moses Mathis the Bicycle Man," she said. "No matter what I do I am doing it in his name."

Every donation is a reminder of her late husband and his mission.

"To see a smile on one child's face," said Ann. "I still miss Moses with all my heart. That little crooked smile he had, I would do anything to be able to see it now."

More about the Bicycle Man efforts at: http://www.thebicycleman.com.

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