The Chick-fil-A off of highway 351 in Abilene, Texas, had one packed house on the night of April 30, 2013. Chick-fil-A donated 10% of their earnings from 6-8 p.m. to the P4X Foundation. With a line out the door and breaking a one-hour sales record for the restaurant, the foundation raised more than $15,000.
The fundraiser’s goal was to raise money in order to purchase Apple iPod Touches and iTunes gift cards and deliver them directly to young patients at Cook Children’s Medical Center. Rex’s parents purchased an iPod Touch for Rex and it was one of his favorite items. It helped keep him entertained with music, games, and allow him to keep in touch with friends while he was in the hospital. They saw the joy and excitement it brought Rex and wanted other children to feel the same kind of joy Rex did.
In addition to the restaurant’s proceeds, the foundation raised money by involving raffle tickets, t-shirts, and donations. Aaron Watson also performed on the patio and donated the money earned from CD sales and autographed guitar sales that night to the P4X Foundation.
“It was an unbelievable night. We went into it not knowing what to expect and really flying by the seat of our pants.” Lance said. “But through social media, radio spots, word of mouth, and some newspaper help we had an unbelievable crowd. We were able to raise more than $15,000 that night. The turnout was so much more than we had anticipated. I told Jill I would be happy if we just raised $2,000-$3,000, but it was five times that number. That night was truly blessed by God.”
In August 2013, Lance and Jill were able to take all the generous donations and put a smile of the faces of many children. They traveled to Cook Children’s Medical Center and handed out the first Apple iTouch. Throughout the year the Flemings continued to make stops at the hospital and donate iTouches to children there.