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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- On Monday, Oliver Gospel Mission in Columbia made a plea to Midlands residents, asking for food donations to feed the influx of people seeking shelter they would be taking in.

By Tuesday afternoon, less than 24 hours later, the shelter said they had so much food, it could not all fit into one room.

The donations began shortly after News19 aired a story featuring the mission and their request, said Wayne Fields, CEO of Oliver Gospel Mission.

"We don't have enough room for all the stuff that came in so we had to put it in about 4 or 5 different places," Fields said. "We were really blessed."

Fields, though, said the sudden increase in food donations wasn't a surprise.

"People in Columbia are very generous," Fields said.

Fields said as part of "Operation Winter Storm," the shelter is expecting to take in an additional 32 men stay overnight.

The shelter caters to men only.