Columbia, SC (WLTX) - We want to thank you for helping to Make a Difference in the Columbia community.

All day Friday, hundreds of you came to WLTX studios on Garners Ferry Road to donate food items for Harvest Hope.

It was all part of the Make a Difference Day initiative. Most communities nationwide will be taking part in the effort Saturday, but we wanted to get a head start.

In all, Harvest Hope estimates 5,800 meals will be created from what was given. The donations filled 21 boxes.

A total of $700 in cash was also collected.

The collected food will serve to fill the 10 blessing boxes that WLTX and volunteers from Arby's and Harvest Hope will be constructing on Saturday.

What is a Blessing Box, you ask? It’s a large box that is placed in a rural community and filled with food. It’s maintained by the local community and/or church. People who have trouble getting to a food bank because of transportation or because it’s just too far away are able to go to the Blessing Box and take what they need. It’s a “Give What You Can, Take What You Need” situation.

Make a Difference Day Website