First UMC, Franklin, NC "Burns the Burden" of medical debt for nearly 3,000 families

September 8, 2021

Earlier this summer, First UMC Franklin held a campaign, Burn the Burden, to help alleviate medical debt for families in our region.  We raised $31,394.27, which we were hoping would alleviate about $3.1 million in debt.  We received our final report and with our 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!  We were able to help 68 families in far western NC, and 7 right here in Macon County.
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."

Thanks be to God.


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