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.
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