Do Good and Share What You Have - RIP Medical Debt

Do Good and Share What You Have

Relieving Medical Debt for Georgia neighbors in Cobb, Fulton, Cherokee & Forsyth County

$10,462.70
raised of $10,000 goal
104%
Campaign Created ByChestnut Ridge Christian Church

Who are we?

Chestnut Ridge Christian Church in Marietta, GA is an open and affirming community of faith whose members are committed to making a difference. We are one of those churches that is small enough to notice—and miss you—when you’re absent, yet big enough–and bold enough–to positively impact those in need around us.  That’s why we’re committing to a six month campaign to eliminate the medical debt of our Atlanta-area neighbors.

Long ago, we determined to be a community-focused church, and we live out that mission by sponsoring our CrossRoads Community Garden and also providing non-perishable food through our much used Blessing Box. We proudly sponsor Boy Scout Troop 955 and make our facilities available for local neighborhood meetings and host weekly Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. We also provide a Little Free Library and a Sharing Station for Kids’ Clothing. With each of these efforts we reach into our community beyond the walls of our church.

Why this campaign?

In Hebrews 13:16 we read, “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”  Any one of us could experience a medical emergency that could quickly overwhelm us financially. As we see the tremendous weight that medical debt places on individuals and families, we believe that we can help our neighbors never have to choose between paying medical bills or foregoing basic needs like food and shelter. This campaign is our commitment to “do good and share what we have” and to do right by our neighbors. Chestnut Ridge Christian Church is committing to raise $10,000 in order to eliminate one million dollars of medical debt for our neighbors in the metro Atlanta area.  This is a stretch goal for a church our size, but we are a “stretch goal” kind of faith community. We believe that if we will take big, bold steps that God will use us in big, bold ways.  Will you join us on this journey?

Campaign Support Recipients
Cobb, Fulton, Cherokee & Forsyth County, Georgia
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$10,462.70
raised of $10,000 goal
104%
  • Recent Donations
  • Donor Avatar
    Patricia C. just donated $100
  • Donor Avatar
    Carol S. just donated $102.77
    You and the family are in my prayers today.
  • Donor Avatar
    Michelle M. just donated $5.33
  • Donor Avatar
    Chestnut R. just donated $680
    From the members of Chestnut Ridge
  • Donor Avatar
    Laverne E. just donated $100
  • Donor Avatar
    Laverne E. just donated $100
  • Donor Avatar
    Christy G. just donated $307.90
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    Dean & Gloria M. just donated $200.20

Fundraise for This Campaign

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How RIP Works

Over a hundred million Americans, one in three, struggles with the weight of medical debt.

  • You make a donation

    We use data analytics to pinpoint the debt of those most in need: households that earn less than 4x the federal poverty level (varies by state, family size) or whose debts are 5% or more of annual income.

  • RIP buys medical debt at a steep discount

    We buy debt in bundles, millions of dollars at a time at a fraction of the original cost. This means your donation relieves about 100x its value in medical debt.

  • Together we wipe out medical debt

    People across the country receive letters that their debt has been erased. They have no tax consequences or penalties to consider. Just like that, they’re free of medical debt.


Frequent Questions

Yes. We are a 501(c)(3) charity and your donation is 100% tax deductible.


Relevant Documents:

When we purchase a portfolio of medical debt, we abolish debt for individuals who:

  • Earn less than 4x the federal poverty level (varies by state, family size).
  • Debts are 5 percent or more of annual income.

We only buy debt that has been pre-qualified by our partners to meet at least one of these criteria. 

We never collect on debt we purchase, only relieve it.

No. With your help, we abolish medical debt permanently. Recipients have no adverse tax consequences, obligations, or strings attached.

For those whose medical debts are relieved, the relief is a gift from a detached and disinterested third party (RIP) as an act of generosity, so relief of the debt does not count as income to the debtor. We will not file a Form 1099-C with the IRS.

Due to HIPAA laws, RIP Medical Debt cannot disclose the names, contact information or any other specific details of the debt relief beneficiaries.

RIP Medical Debt cannot relieve debt by individual request.

While we would love to help everyone who needs assistance, RIP Medical Debt cannot abolish medical debt for specific individuals. We approach the problem of medical debt by acquiring large portfolios of debt to help thousands of people at once.

Because medical debt affects so many people who may not have debt accounts in the portfolios we purchase, we have compiled a list of resources that may be able to help in ways RIP Medical Debt cannot.

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