FAYETTEVILLE, NC (WTVD) --Every year it's a challenge for the Bicycle Man Outreach Project to meet its goal of providing a bicycle to every child in the Fayetteville area whose family can't afford one.
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This year, so many children lost their bicycles in the flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew that the need is greater than ever.
The Bicycle Man project was founded by Moses "Bicycle Man" Mathis, who worked more than 7,000 hours in his workshop, giving away more than 30,000 bicycles to needy children each holiday season.
When he died in 2013, his wife Ann took over the initiative. She told ABC11 Wednesday that she needs 250 more bicycles before Christmas to meet the need.
"People have lost a lot, people won't have a good Christmas you know. They lost everything. So I'm hoping that the community will come together with me and help me help them. I know a bicycle is only one thing but the kids will be happy," she said.
Ann Mathis needs 250 more bikes for this year's Bicycle Man Giveaway. pic.twitter.com/AHd3fV91oT— Lou Guilette (@LouGuilette) November 16, 2016
If you've got a new or gently used bicycle your child doesn't need anymore, drop it off at 1800 Wynfare Drive between the hours 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday. The organization is asking for 12 to 20 inch bicycles.
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