In 2004, college freshman Tyler Clive, then 18, thought it would be fun to go door to door with a llama, sing Christmas carols and collect canned goods for the needy.
That first year, 60 students participated and more than 400 canned goods were collected. Now, several Christmases later, Clive can't believe how much the event has grown.
Last year, 240 people and 33 llamas spent four nights caroling and collected 1,831 cans of food. Clive, who rents the llamas from the Krishna temple in Spanish Fork, said the Krishnas have been extremely generous and that they are the reason he is able to do this.
"Their llamas are nice to people and don't get skittish," Clive said.
This year Clive said Carollama will be twice as big as last year, with several different groups of people and more than 60 llamas participating over the course of seven nights. Carollama has already collected more than 2,000 cans of food this Christmas season for the Community Action Food Bank in Provo.