Medical debt is another burden on the poor. A Sunday School class at Southminster Presbyterian Church got the idea of trying to alleviate medical debt by raising money for RIP Medical Debt (ripmedicaldebt.org), a charity that forgives medical debt. The Presbytery’s Executive Council has approved this project, Project Empathy. Project Empathy’s goal is to raise at least $50,000 to eliminate $5,000,000 of medical debt in 10 counties in the Black Belt. The counties in the Project area are: Chambers, Macon, Lowndes, Dallas, Perry, Wilcox, Hale, Greene, Sumter, and Pickens.
Here is how Project Empathy works: one dollar eliminates $100 of medical debt. Go to ripmedicaldebt.org, click on Campaigns, scroll down until you see The Black Belt Region in Alabama, click on this. This takes you to Project Empathy’s donation page. More information about the Project and RIP Medical Debt is on this page. You may donate electronically. The direct web address to the donation page is: secure.qgiv.com/event/projectempathy/
RIP Medical Debt will send you a letter acknowledging your donation, for your tax records. RIP Medical Debt will buy the debt in these counties and then send letters to the debtors, forgiving their debts.
If all churches and members in this Presbytery donate we can do our Lord Jesus a great service, helping the needy among us.
If you have questions, please contact Ralls Coston, Mission Coordinator, at email@example.com.