Sheriff feeds local law enforcement Christmas Day meal

Sheriff feeds local law enforcement Christmas Day meal

Amarillo, TX - Most families have their own Christmas traditions, and Potter County Sheriff Brian Thomas and his family are no different.

Sheriff Thomas and his family started opening up their home to local Law Enforcement 20 years ago.

"We started doing this back when I was a patrolmen with the Police Department," Sheriff Brian Thomas with the Potter County Sheriff's Department said. "We wanted to open up our home and just give the guys a place to eat, give them a traditional meal."

Serving the local Law Enforcement has become a family tradition at the Thomas House, even his children enjoy sitting down and chatting with the Patrolmen about their day when they stop by to eat.

"I wouldn't know any different, we've been doing this since I was little, so this IS Christmas, I mean some people go out of town for Christmas or spend it with their family we spend it with our family and OUR family," Madison Thomas who is Sheriff Thomas' Daughter said.

"You know at two o'clock in the morning, there's nothing to have ten of them sitting in here around the table, so it's really kind of cool to sit there and the kids will get to listen to their stories and what's going on, so it's kind of fun," said Sheriff Thomas.

The Thomas family opens their home to all local Law Enforcement including the Potter County Sheriff's Department, the Amarillo Police Department and the Department of Public Safety as they are all brothers and sisters.

"I think it's very generous, I just think it shows the nature, the character of police officers in the community and the brotherhood we have," Corporal David Borron with the Amarillo Police Department said.

"It's not about what you get, it's about what you give," said Deputy Dustin Lansbury who works for the Potter County Sheriff's Department.

"I knew what it was like being out on the streets, everything's closed, you can't go anywhere to eat, you can go get a convenience store hot dog is you want to, but it's not the same," Sheriff Thomas said.

So Sheriff Thomas and his family just want to make sure his fellow Law Enforcement personnel can have a traditional meal even though they have to work.

"It doesn't matter at this time of year, it doesn't matter if you wear a star or a shield or whatever we're going to take care of you and we want you to stop by and eat," said Sheriff Thomas.

"It's part of who we are, and I love it and I wouldn't trade it," Madison said.

Sheriff Thomas opens his home every Christmas at 11 in the morning and serves food until 3 a.m. the next day to make sure he covers all shifts and everyone has a chance to eat.