Church raises over $430,000 for Missouri families with medical debt

11 months 1 day 1 hour ago Tuesday, September 10 2019 Sep 10, 2019 Tuesday, September 10, 2019 2:10:00 PM CDT September 10, 2019 in News
By: Stephanie LaChance, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - The Crossing hosted a fundraiser where they raised over $430,000 for Missouri families suffering from medical debt in over 31 counties. They partnered with RIP Medical Debt, a nonprofit that sells off debt one penny to the dollar. RIP Medical Debt was then able to turn The Crossing’s fundraiser into $43 million of debt relief. 

This fundraiser is for families with medical debt that are making less than two times the poverty rate.

“People with medical debt live under the crushing weight of knowing that they are never going to get out from underneath it, their credit rating is devastated and it’s hard to get even a loan,” The Crossing pastor Keith Simon said.

Elizabeth McKinney, a donor to this fundraiser, said medical debt is something most people can't imagine having. 

“Having known people who have walked through medical debt, the stress of living under that affects everything,” McKinney said. 

Amaris Worstell, a member of The Crossing said “I just knew this would be a life changing thing.”

RIP Medical Debt will not give The Crossing names of the people being forgiven of their medical debt due to privacy reasons.

Austin Sanders, sales manager for Clear One Advantage, a debt specialist company, said that if you find yourself in medical financial hardship, going to a debt management program is an option. 

“I recommend everyone to look over all their options to make the best decisions for yourself and your family,” Sanders said. 

More News

Grid
List
The COVID-19 pandemic has made access to mental health resources difficult, and for children with impulse control disorders, the changes... More >>
1 hour ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 9:50:00 AM CDT August 11, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
COLUMBIA — A home invasion in north Columbia sent one woman to the hospital early Tuesday morning. CPD Detective... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 6:21:00 AM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — Columbia's Board of Education voted Monday night to delay the start of the 2020-2021 school year. ... More >>
13 hours ago Monday, August 10 2020 Aug 10, 2020 Monday, August 10, 2020 9:36:00 PM CDT August 10, 2020 in News
President Donald Trump was abruptly escorted out of a White House press conference on Monday after shots were fired outside... More >>
16 hours ago Monday, August 10 2020 Aug 10, 2020 Monday, August 10, 2020 6:06:00 PM CDT August 10, 2020 in News
MISSOURI — As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout Missouri, state and local officials confirm new case counts daily. This... More >>
17 hours ago Monday, August 10 2020 Aug 10, 2020 Monday, August 10, 2020 5:30:00 PM CDT August 10, 2020 in News
Columbia - Watch live as the Board of Education considers three different proposals from the school district for the start... More >>
17 hours ago Monday, August 10 2020 Aug 10, 2020 Monday, August 10, 2020 5:24:00 PM CDT August 10, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The National Weather Service issued a flash flooding warning for Boone County as heavy rains continue until 9:45... More >>
17 hours ago Monday, August 10 2020 Aug 10, 2020 Monday, August 10, 2020 5:11:00 PM CDT August 10, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - One person is suffering life-threatening injuries after a crash on I-70 on Monday. The crash occurred around... More >>
18 hours ago Monday, August 10 2020 Aug 10, 2020 Monday, August 10, 2020 4:45:00 PM CDT August 10, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Mike Parson expanded his special session to include a new provision regarding the backlog of murder... More >>
18 hours ago Monday, August 10 2020 Aug 10, 2020 Monday, August 10, 2020 4:32:00 PM CDT August 10, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA —It's not a surprise that back to school preparations might look different this year. For some teachers, this... More >>
18 hours ago Monday, August 10 2020 Aug 10, 2020 Monday, August 10, 2020 4:28:00 PM CDT August 10, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA – Commissioners of the power 5 conferences, (The ACC, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC) met Sunday to discuss potential... More >>
19 hours ago Monday, August 10 2020 Aug 10, 2020 Monday, August 10, 2020 3:17:00 PM CDT August 10, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Police arrested two people in suspected connection with a Sunday night burglary. Columbia police responded to a... More >>
19 hours ago Monday, August 10 2020 Aug 10, 2020 Monday, August 10, 2020 3:07:17 PM CDT August 10, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Boone County's public health staff have a plan for contact tracing in the upcoming school year According... More >>
20 hours ago Monday, August 10 2020 Aug 10, 2020 Monday, August 10, 2020 2:43:00 PM CDT August 10, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri's Department of Health and Senior Services issued licenses to four new medical marijuana facilities. The... More >>
20 hours ago Monday, August 10 2020 Aug 10, 2020 Monday, August 10, 2020 2:41:31 PM CDT August 10, 2020 in News
Ferguson, MO (KMOV) -- Sunday marks six years since 18-year-old Micheal Brown was killed in Ferguson. His death not only... More >>
20 hours ago Monday, August 10 2020 Aug 10, 2020 Monday, August 10, 2020 2:28:00 PM CDT August 10, 2020 in News
CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) — A 34-year-old man who police say held his 11-month-old son hostage while standing on a Missouri... More >>
20 hours ago Monday, August 10 2020 Aug 10, 2020 Monday, August 10, 2020 2:23:36 PM CDT August 10, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. You can... More >>
22 hours ago Monday, August 10 2020 Aug 10, 2020 Monday, August 10, 2020 12:22:00 PM CDT August 10, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- Lebanon's government stepped down on Monday night, less than a week after a massive explosion in Beirut killed... More >>
23 hours ago Monday, August 10 2020 Aug 10, 2020 Monday, August 10, 2020 11:56:00 AM CDT August 10, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 75°
11am 77°
12pm 80°
1pm 82°
2pm 83°