Idaho Churches Offer to Pay Delinquent Tickets

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Several churches in Boise, Idaho are offering to pay people's parking tickets in an effort to demonstrate God's grace.

The event is called the Grace Gift Parable.

On December 12, organizers plan to gather in front of Boise City Hall and offer to pay off up to $10,000 in delinquent parking tickets.

Montie Ralstin, Jr., pastor of Boise Valley Christian Communion, says the purpose of the giveaway is to help people understand that although they've made mistakes, forgiveness is available.

"It's an example of grace," Mansfield told the IdahoStatesman.com, "Grace is unearned. It's an unmerited favor. At this time of the season, we want to show God's grace. In the process, we help families."

In 2004 the group paid $7,500 in parking tickets.

The money for this year's event was donated by local churches and businesses.

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