United Church of Christ churches in Chicago have joined together with RIP Medical Debt to help struggling families eliminate medical debt.
Together the places of worship have eliminated over $5.3 million in medical debt impacting nearly 6,000 Illinois families.
Speaking at a news conference Sunday afternoon at Trinity United Church of Christ, Pastor Ottis Moss, told members that the nearly 6,000 families will receive an anonymous letter before Thanksgiving informing them that their debt has been forgiven, according to the Christian Post.
“RIP Medical Debt was able to work with us so that we were able to target certain zip codes to ensure that that poorest of the poor would benefit from this,” Moss explained. “I am happy to say that communities in Chicago that received the largest portion of debt relief [are] Englewood, Auburn Gresham, Washington Heights, Roslyn, and West Pullman.”
“But people throughout Cook County will have their debt relieved,” Moss continued. “They will receive a very special card before Thanksgiving that is completely anonymous. They don’t know that this is coming. The card will simply say: ‘Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. We want you to know that all your debts have been forgiven.’”