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'Jack the Bike Man' holds annual bike giveaway

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Posted at 5:35 PM, Dec 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-20 19:04:03-05

From humble beginnings come great things.

On Sunday, our community witnessed the efforts of one man, determined to make a difference in the lives of children.

“My first bike I got when I was 10 years old," Omar Mazariegos said.  

“We’re a family of five and I think it would be easy for one of us to get a bike but for all of us it is pretty difficult.”

On Saturday Omar brought his little sister to get her first bike. Thanks to "Jack the Bike Man" hundreds will now get to have their own set of training wheels before Christmas.

Jack has been doing this for them for close to a decade.

“You see the faces and that’s the magic I like about this event," Jack Hairston said.

Crowds of people showed up since the early hours of the morning waiting for their chance to pick out their own bike.

Hairston, the founder of his non-profit teams up with area organizations to serve needy families.

“I try to make them feel really important, they are important.”

Everyone who was pre-registered received a bike, helmet and several sweet goodies from Santa.

Through man hours and community donations, Jack says his mission is accomplished. On Saturday he handed out around 1,000 bicycles.

To learn more about the organization or to donate visit: http://www.jackthebikeman.org/