Mother’s Day Offering
The Mother’s Day Offering began in 1924 as a benevolent ministry of North Carolina Baptists to help patients in serious financial need at North Carolina Baptist Hospital pay their hospital bills in the name of Jesus Christ. In FY 2010, $650,410 was contributed.
Recipients of the Mother’s Day Offering have limited income and “fall between the cracks” of assistance. They have too much to qualify for Medicaid or full charity care – but not enough to pay their hospital bills. Many have lost their jobs or cannot work due to illness. They worry every day about how to pay their hospital bills, maintain their households, and not lose everything.
In the midst of their fears, they receive a letter from Church and Community Relations that says, “Your hospital bill has been paid by compassionate and mission-minded North Carolina Baptists in the name of Jesus Christ and His love.”
Heart warming stories of gratitude by recent recipients can be seen at www.mothersdayoffering.org.
Patients are financially screened by Resource Recovery Specialists in Patient Financial Resources. Financial summaries are obtained to verify the needs (income and expenses) and to rule out any other source of assistance.
The Baptist Benevolent Committee (six N.C. Baptist ministers and lay persons) meets quarterly to prayerfully determine who should receive assistance. The amount may vary from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars per patient.