A bunch of families in the Chicago area had a little something extra to be thankful for this year . . .

Three churches in Chicago recently got together and raised about $38,000.  Then they used it to pay off MILLIONS of dollars in unpaid medical debt for 6,000 random families.

They did it through a group called R.I.P. Medical Debt that buys up debt from collection agencies for pennies on the dollar.  And the families recently got letters in the mail letting them know their debt was forgiven, just in time for the holidays.

One of them was a woman named Carol Johnson, who still owed $450 in medical debt for her mom, who’s since passed away.

She and her son were so touched by it, they scraped together the $450 they would have owed.  And for Thanksgiving, they donated it back to one of the churches.

The church says they’ll use the money to feed a family of five for a week.

(NBC News)