Good things usually tend to happen to good people and according to many Saturday afternoon next to Trans-Tex Tire that's what was happening for a local mechanic who recently suffered a stroke.

Russell Heard, who has been a longtime mechanic at Heard Brothers Automotive in Early, suffered a stroke around a week before Christmas and being without insurance, he saw his hospital bills become overwhelming. That's when friends and family of Heard decided to step in and see what they could do to improve the situation.

A benefit was decided upon, and that's what took place Saturday afternoon on the side of Main St.

"We all know how quickly those hospital bills can rack up and we decided this was one way we could all help him out," said long time friend Jeff Millhollon.

The benefit included a brisket plate with beans and all the trimmings for those who decided to stop by and donate to the cause.

"A lot of people stopped by and the turn out was great," said Millhollon. "Russell's done a lot for other people and has never asked for anything in return. He's a person of the community and to see all of these people stop by and help, it shows just how good the people in the area are."

Even though the benefit saw a good turnout, it wasn't something that Heard reportedly wanted done.

"Russell is a hard working son of a gun and he was honestly mad when we mentioned the whole benefit idea to him," said friend Taj Chrane. "We figured that he's the guy who deserves it the most, the guy who wants it the least."

As those who attended the benefit ate and spoke amongst each other, one friend of Heard's put it best about the event.

"It doesn't matter whether someone gives $1, or $100," Derick Middleton mentioned. "Every dollar matters and the community has been extremely gracious and we couldn't be more thankful for all of the support we've received."