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The "Bicycle Man" Brings Joy To Many Needy Families

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By Jaclyn Asztalos

Moses Mathis may not be coming down anyone's chimney with toys; but to many kids, the "Bicycle Man" is just as good as Santa.

"It means so much to me, especially because a man did this all," Nicolas Carazo said.

Moses said this giveaway will be the best year yet.

"Last year, we gave 1,075 [bicycles] and about 80 computers...this year we're giving away 1,100 bikes and about 110 computers."

Giving away bikes has been Mathis' dream since he was a child when he shared one bike with all the kids in his neighborhood.

"I said, ‘When I grow up and get a job, I'm going to buy bikes for all the kids in the world.' Of course that was just dreaming, but when I retired, I said, ‘I can't buy bikes for every kid but I can buy for some," Mathis said.

Parent Summer Kemper said the program is wonderful for families who can't afford bikes under the tree.

"All their friends have bikes so now they can play with all the other kids," Kemper said.

Mathis relies on donations and some money from his own pocket to make this program possible. Families can get involved with the giveaway through their child's school.

"They go to their school social worker and say I want on of Mathis' bikes, and they check their records because we want to separate the needy from the greedy," Mathis said.

And many of the kids had a very particular bike in mind when they browsed the more than 1,000 bicycles in the warehouse.

The Bicycle Man says it's the kids that matter most, not just at Christmas but all year round.

"This right here is why I work so hard to do the things I do," Mathis said.

Mathis said just like Santa, he works January through December to make sure every kid gets the bike on their list.

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