There are a few more believers in Christmas miracles today than there were earlier in the week.
What started as an idea promoted by a Vernal high school student-body president to provide fleece blankets to the children affected by the shootings in Connecticut, ended up reaching across the state and the country.
On Sunday, Grayson Massey, student body president at Uintah High School in Vernal, posted an invitation on Facebook for people to donate to a project to put together 750 blankets, one for every student and faculty member at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
By the next afternoon, $6,000 had been raised through donations from all over the world.
"We're going for a Christmas miracle," Grayson's mother, Symone Massey, recalls saying as the effort began to unfold.
By Monday night, those involved had bought out their local supply of fleece and sent Grayson Massey's aunt out to get remaining supplies.
"My sister said, 'We have some money. Just go start buying the fabric,' " recalls Brooke Henderson, of South Weber, who showed up at Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts, asking that 2-yard-long fabric pieces for 400 blankets be cut.
"The girls were so sweet and helpful," Henderson said of store employees, who also gave her an added discount.
"They weren't like, 'We're going to be here all night.' or anything," she said.
She had to come back the next day because only 232 blankets could be cut that night in two and a half hours with existing staff at the store.
And then, while extra employees were helping her at the store Tuesday morning, Henderson discovered that there was enough funding for about 50 blankets to go to the sisters and cousins of 6-year-old Emilie Parker, formerly of Ogden, who was among those killed.
But Henderson didn't know who would be able to tie those blankets together.
Store manager Erin Rush's husband, Devin Rush, is a welding teacher at Roy High School, and a phone call later, the teacher said he and his classes would be able to help.
About 70 freshly cut blankets were taken to Devin Rush for help from his classes of mostly boys and the woods classes of Eric Schiess where Rush was also substituting. Another class joined in, that of Candice Thurgood, which covers adult roles.
"We've been especially touched here at Roy High by the Emilie Parker thing," Devin Rush said.
"People want to help, and they feel so helpless," the teacher said. "If we do these kinds of things, we feel better."
It's the second way Roy High students have offered to help those in Connecticut.
Their efforts also have included donating "a significant amount" of money, said their principal, Gina Butters.
In addition to helping needy families and the family of a police officer with cancer, Butters said, students donated a good portion of money to the Parker family and families in Connecticut.
Those were funds raised in schoolwide fundraisers in the last few weeks.
About 50 of the blankets tied by Roy High students will be delivered with Teddy bears and hand-written notes collected by local members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to young family members of Emilie Parker.
But in Vernal on Wednesday, the events that unfolded were nothing short of Santa's workshop.
"When we got to school this morning at 7:30 and pulled up in the vehicles, a team of football players and the student council threw the bags of blankets out of the vehicles and into the cafeteria," she said.
Before she knew it, she said, there were tables loaded with fleece and scissors.
Students went to work feverishly, and after the first hour, she said, 125 blankets were done.
"We won't get 700 blankets done at this rate," Symone Massey recalls saying.
But then miracles kept happening throughout the morning.
"Different businesses brought in crews," she said. "All of these people are coming in and saying, 'What can we do?'"
The student-body president and the head cheerleader were doing the school cheer every time 100 blankets were completed.
"It was just amazing the energy in there," Symone Massey said. "Those kids were glad. They were happy to be able to do something."
The blankets were completed by 11 a.m.
Another 100 blankets were tied by students at Vernal Junior High School on Wednesday.
Symone Massey said the extras not needed in Connecticut will go to places like the Children's Justice Center.
A number of businesses and employees came up with toys and other items for the kids in Connecticut that will be shipped along with the blankets, Symone Massey said.
"We just all learned a lot today," said the mother. "They were just really surprised at how willing to serve and to get this task done the community was."
Now, she said, Vernal High School has plans to make a similar project turn into an annual event.
"It was such a good thing to get the community involved," Symone Massey said. "I kept hearing members of the community say. 'This is amazing.' "