Burn the Burden - First UMC Franklin Helps with Medical Debt Relief

posted on September 08

Earlier in Summer 2021, First UMC Franklin held a campaign, Burn the Burden, to help alleviate medical debt for families in our region.  They raised $31,394.27, which they were hoping would alleviate about $3.1 million in debt.  They just received the final report and with their funds, RIP Medical Debt was able to purchase $4,067,694.39 of medical debt for 2,837 families in NC, northeast GA and eastern TN!  They were able to help 68 families in far western NC, and 7 in Macon County where the church is located.
What a blessing for those families to receive in the mail a letter that states, "We are sending this letter to share the good news that on behalf of your friends in Christ at First United Methodist Church, Franklin, NC, you no longer owe the referenced debt(s) because our national 501(c)(3) nonprofit, RIP Medical Debt, has bought and abolished the debt."  


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