A Virginia church is paying outstanding college debts for 34 graduating students totaling $100,000.

According to the Good News Network, the Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria has for the the last few years asked their congregation to take part in a fast during the month of January.

They agreed to give up social media, junk food, or alcohol, and instead donate money on non-essential items for a good cause.

Senior Pastor Dr. Howard John Wesley was pleased with the outcome,

This year, as our fasting ended, we asked members to make a sacrificial offering that we promised would go out the door of our church.  We decided to come to Howard University to find some students who are about to change the world but have some financial concerns, and let them know we’re going to take care of it for them.

The money raised the church used to money to pay off the outstanding debt of the 34 graduating students at Howard University in Washington D.C.