LUBBOCK, Texas — Former City Councilman TJ Patterson started a tradition 35 years ago visiting the men and women at the Lubbock County Detention Center on Christmas Day.

The late TJ Patterson had a passion for helping people and to always try and raise them up and not push them down.

“You do the crime, you gotta pay the price. We come back to encourage them to let them know that today [Christmas Day],” Patterson previously said.

TJ Patterson, family, friends and the Each-One-Reach-One organization always gets together on Christmas Day to visit the inmates and bring them Christmas cheer.

“We go and just love on them, we go into each and every room, with just words of encouragement, they will get candy they will get probably socks, general hygiene that they could use. And then the goodies… which means you might have a cookie in it, or lollipop, and something like that,” Eddie Harris said.

Since the passing of Mr. TJ Patterson, this group will continue to carry on his legacy with traditions like this as Patterson always did his best even when he couldn’t.

“Even during COVID he at least tried to get out there and if he couldn’t get out of the car, he would still make sure that the inmates had a good Christmas. And he’s highly missed already. But his spirit is still here,” Harris said.

The volunteers will bring those goodie bags on Christmas afternoon to the inmates at the Lubbock County Detention Center.

The following is a press release from the Patterson family:

Mr. T.J. Patterson, Sr., along with Each-One-Reach-One, family members, various local Pastors and friends, have spent more than a combined 25 days of Christmas visiting inmates at the Lubbock County Detention Center. He loved and cherished those visits. We’re pleased to announce that together, as a community, we will be continuing this beloved tradition.

This year’s visit will mean a great deal to all of us. As you all know, Mr. T.J. Patterson, Sr. went home to be with the Lord on September 21, 2022, and his presence and involvement will truly be missed. This year’s visit will commemorate the great legacy he left behind.  

As always, Lubbock’s local media and Lubbock Officials are invited to attend. We will be visiting the Lubbock County Detention Center at 2:00 p.m. on Christmas Day, which is Sunday, December 25th. For those of you who are interested in participating in this year’s event, please contact Faye Dunn Brown at (806) 831-9986 as soon as possible in order for the required paperwork to be completed which will give you clearance into the Detention Center.  Your participation will be greatly appreciated!    

This upcoming visit will mark the 35th year for this annual event. It is our prayer that the inmates will still be encouraged now, as in the past with Mr. Patterson’s presence by what is being done on their behalf, even without the presence of Mr. T.J. Patterson, Sr.  

As a testimony of how Mr. T.J. Patterson left such an impact on some of the lives of those in the Detention Center, Ms. Brown recalls a conversation she had with a former inmate who had attended the “Wake Service” for Mr. Patterson.  The inmate informed her that he was moved to attend the services for Mr. Patterson because of the impact he had on his life while in the Detention Center.  This gentleman went on to say that Mr. Patterson would always encourage him to get out of jail so that he could take care of his family.  These encouraging words helped push this former inmate in the pursuit of being released so that he could properly be home to take care of his family.  He stated that Mr. Patterson made him feel like he was somebody special and treated him with respect and love, no matter what his current situation was of being incarcerated.  

It is testimonies like this that still give us the desire to reach each and every inmate through our words and deeds during these visits.  We want to shower them with love and strengthen them through our actions.  

For those planning to attend, please meet Ms. Faye Dunn Brown outside in front of the Detention Center at 2:00 pm on Sunday, December 25th, where instructions and other details will be provided.  We encourage you to join us as we continue to help bring positive change to the lives of those in the LCDC facility, as well as the staff/officers employed there and honor one of Lubbock’s greatest Trailblazers and the tradition that he began. 

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Faye Dunn at (806) 831-9986.  

Best Regards to you all and if we don’t see you there, we pray you Have A Very Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year!

FDB/aep

In Honor of Mr. Thomas J. Patterson, Sr.