WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - More than 100 families in Greater Lafayette have had their medical debt relieved thanks to a local church. People who attend Northview Churches across the state raised $7.8 million to help Indiana families struggling with medical debt.
The Northview Church in West Lafayette participated in the fundraiser. $184,964 dollars helped 126 local families. Dave Fladung is the Pastor of the church here. He said this initiative was about showing love to people who are struggling.
"We know that a lot of times when you're in crisis, you feel like nobody cares," he said. "And so we wanted people to know that there is somebody out there who cares about you, that God cares about you."
The money was distributed through RIP Medical Debt, which is a New York-based nonprofit with a mission to help families and people burdened by medical debt by purchasing and abolishing debts. Fladung said a letter is sent to the families through RIP Medical Debt saying that their debt has been forgiven.
He said they don't know who the families are who received the money, but they are thankful to know they've helped those in need. He said the church regularly fundraises to help various causes through its Dollar Club, where church-goers are asked to donate just one dollar to the cause. For the medical debt initiative, he said they asked people to give in the $5 or $10 range and the response was enormous.
"We try to think about if our church went away tomorrow, would it have mattered to anyone? Would we have made a difference?" said Fladung. He said they even cancelled services one Sunday in October so that people could spend they day volunteering and giving back.
Northview Church has services every Sunday at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Click here to learn more about the church.