Westminster Presbyterian Church campaign hopes to relieve medical debt – Shaw Local

DeKALB – Westminster Presbyterian Church is launching a campaign to raise $10,000 to eliminate existing medical debt for residents of Northern Illinois.

According to a news release, the church at 830 N. Annie Glidden Road in DeKalb will host its “RIP Medical Debt” campaign to raise $10,000 to eliminate $1,000,000 in medical debt through July.

Funds raised during the campaign will target clustered medical debt in the northern Illinois region as much as possible, according to the statement.

RIP Medical Debt is a national non-profit organization founded in 2014 by former debt collection managers. The non-profit organization raises funds to redeem large bundles of medical debt which are eradicated without any tax consequences to the donors or recipients. RIP Medical Debt has helped erase more than $6.7 billion in medical debt for more than 3.6 million people in the United States, according to the release. More than one in three Americans struggle to afford the cost of their medical care.

Westminster Presbyterian Church will participate in the campaign as part of its commitment to the Matthew 25 initiative in an effort to eradicate systemic poverty.

Those interested in helping the church’s efforts can donate by sending a check to Westminster Presbyterian Church, ATTN: RIP Medical Debt, 830 N. Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb, IL 60115.

Jerry B. Hatch