A Reason To Smile: Church Donations Cover Millions Of Debt
When Pastor Stephen Hayes of Covenant Church in Carrollton, Texas was 12 years old, he was hit by a car putting him in the hospital. At the time, his family was aided in paying off the medical bills with the help of his church. Years later he wanted to do the same thing. As the Pastor of a mega church, he had a budget of 100,000 dollars to promote their Easter Service but this year they used it differently.
Hayes teamed up with RIP Medical Debt, a nonprofit group that acquires unpaid medical debt at greatly reduced rates and then forgives it. Every $1 donated to the group translates to $100 in debt paid off. The Covenant Church donated $100,000 which helped pay off a total of $10,551,618 in medical debt for 4,229 families in the Dallas area.