Thank you from CUCC and our Mission Team for donating to our Lenten Full to the Brim campaign!
On Friday morning there was a national news story on TV about the crippling effect of medical debt on many American families. It seemed especially timely, because just the day before, on Thursday afternoon, we received an e-mail from RIP Medical Debt with information about the people who received the news that their medical debt had been abolished, thanks to all of you!
Your contributions of over $15,000 were not used to purchase 1.5 million dollars’ worth of debt as we originally thought. Instead, it relieved over $3 million worth of debt! Because the debt was older, it was available for RIP to purchase less expensively, allowing much more medical debt to be abolished than we had expected.
Along with this news, we received a PDF (link below) detailing all of the counties in Illinois and Indiana where people were helped, including 37 families right here in Champaign County! Each of the families received a letter that their debt had been abolished and was also sent this message: “The funds provided for this act of debt abolishment were generously provided by members and friends of Community United Church of Christ. To learn more about us, visit community-ucc.org”.
You can be proud of your excellent work, community! This project had a real effect on the people who had debt abolished. Many thanks to you, and to your families and friends who made contributions.
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