Thanks to the MN Conference UCC’s COMMAntary for sharing this article about St Anthony Park United Church of Christ and Falcon Heights United Church of Christ.

“Together, St Anthony Park UCC and Falcon Heights UCC donated $28,275, which eliminated $2,848,121 of old medical debt for 2,178 households in five states – Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, and Georgia. In Minnesota, 52 counties received debt elimination…

The churches worked with RIP Medical Debt, a non-profit that uses donated funds to abolish medical debt belonging to families in need of financial support. RIP purchases debts in large, bundled portfolios – most often on the secondary debt market – for a fraction of their face value. In this way, $1 donated relieves, on average, $100 of medical debt.

Church leaders said they took this action together to counteract some of the economic and racial inequities in our country and to engage in a big-impact endeavor through two ‘small-in-number but mighty-in-spirit churches’.

Kudos to St Anthony UCC and Falcon Heights UCC. Your community can join the effort too!