A Los Angeles church is paying off $5.3 million worth of medical debt for nearly 6,000 households in Southern California, according to one of the church's pastors.
Christian Assembly purchased the debt for $53,000 and is working with a nonprofit organization to pay the outstanding bills for 5,555 families in 28 neighborhoods, co-lead pastor Tom Hughes said in a video posted online Thursday.
“We are able to give a Christmas gift to the people of Los Angeles, no strings attached,” he said.
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The church will also help the recipients repair their credit scores, Hughes said.