Thanks to a generous donation from Sts. Constantine and Helena Greek Orthodox Church in Webster, Massachusetts, more than $ 3.5 million in medical debt has been written off for a number of local families.
In honor of their centenary, the parish donated $ 20,000 to RIP Medical Debt, which was used by the organization to write off $ 3,566,809 in medical debt for 2,200 families, reports the Webster Times.
RIP Medical Debt, founded in 2014, uses donations to buy large portfolios of medical debt at a fraction of its value, then forgives a significant portion of the debt. Last year, the organization wrote off $ 1.7 billion in debt for more than 830,000 people.
“Especially after this year of the COVID pandemic, we wanted to reach out to families with the love of God in a concrete way,” said Fr Luke Veronis, pastor of the parish for 17 years.
Of course, the recipients are incredibly grateful to the church.
“I am a single mother raising my son with special needs. Life has hit us hard mentally, spiritually and financially. As I opened your letter to find that my medical debt has been paid in full, I will never forget, ”said one parent. “You have truly blessed our lives with your generosity, your compassion and your love.”
“We hope that the action of our church will inspire not only other religious communities, but also individuals, to do something similar,” said Fr dit Véronis.
Such donations represent the journey taken by the parish itself, church officials say. Sts. Constantine and Helen were down sharply in 2005, but members have not given up on hope. They came together by finding creative ways to grow through service and community engagement, which continues today.
The church has also been involved in feeding the local community and sending volunteers to build homes for struggling families in Tijuana, Mexico.
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