North Carolina Man Sets Record With Holiday Bicycle Giveaway

North Carolina's "Bicycle Man" has outdone himself.

The Fayetteville Observer reports that Moses Mathis, who for 19 years has repaired bicycles and then given them away at Christmas, set a record this year by fixing more than 1,100 bikes. He repaired 1,046 bicycles and gave them away in 2008.

Hundreds of people formed a line that wrapped around a small parking lot and folded back on itself for the annual giveaway on Tuesday. Needy recipients are identified by local school social workers.

Now, Mathis is on a new mission. By the end of next month, he will have to leave his current warehouse space and may have to cancel the 2010 giveaway to focus on raising money for permanent space. During the decade, he has moved three times.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by wow on Dec 22, 2009 at 09:02 PM
    I wish we had someone here in Greenville that would work that hard to promote people riding bikes and reducing some of the horrible pollution and congestion around here. I was so envious of a biker on the blvd today zipping past hundreds of cars stuck in the traffic while he rides by with ease. I hope to join his ease of movement and ride tmw to finish my shopping-forget using my car.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 22, 2009 at 04:15 PM
    I wish I had the money to help this man, maybe there is a way to raise the money. Anyone rich?
  • by jk on Dec 22, 2009 at 02:00 PM
    Nice work Moses!
  • by Wow Location: Grimesland on Dec 22, 2009 at 01:56 PM
    That's a man who knows the true meaning of Christmas..May God Bless him in finding a new place so he can keep the good work up..

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