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Two Spotsylvania educators touched by community support after they lose their home in a Friday morning fire.

Date published: 11/17/2012


Massaponax Principal Joe Pisani and Spotsylvania High Principal Rusty Davis coordinated the assistance. Their staffs began collecting gift cards to help the Carlsons and their baby girl.

They also decided to hold a benefit basketball game on Tuesday.

"They literally lost it all," Pisani said. "For an educated man, it's dumbfounding how fast the fire moved through the home and destroyed everything.

"The totality of it is amazing."

Carlson said his 40th-birthday celebration won't be the extravaganza his wife of nearly two years had planned but he's OK with that.

"We'll make the best of it," he said. "It's just going to be a little different."

He said what has been touching is how friends and family have helped them.

A relative offered to let them live temporarily in a vacant house she owns in Stafford County, and neighbors have provided blankets and toys and food for little Rilyn.

"It's really been amazing to see the show of support--how people rush out," Len Carlson said. "We've really been thankful for it."

Pamela Gould: 540/735-1972
Email: pgould@freelancestar.com

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Spotsylvania and Massaponax high schools will hold a benefit basketball game on Tuesday to help the Carlsons.

The game will be played at Massaponax High School at 6:30 p.m.

All money collected through ticket sales will go to the family. People can also bring gift cards and toys for 8-month-old Rilyn Carlson.

Anyone wishing to support Spotsylvania educators Len and Christy Carlson may drop off gift cards at three school sites, or give donations via Pathway Church.

Pathway Church Pastor Dave Hockney said people may drop off donations between 9 a.m. and noon on Sunday. The church meets at Liberty Lanes Bowling Center, 5801 Southpoint Centre Blvd. in Massaponax.

Schools are open Monday and Tuesday this week before beginning the Thanksgiving holiday. Drop-off locations and times are:

Massaponax High School, 8201 Jefferson Davis Highway, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Spotsylvania High School, 6975 Courthouse Road, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

School Board administration building, 8020 River Stone Drive, 7:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.