IRVING, TX - DECEMBER 20: A Texas Stadium patch during the last home game against the Baltimore Ravens on December 20, 2008 in Irving, Texas. The Cowboys are playing their final regular season home game before moving to a new stadium in Arlington, Texas next season. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Casey Rogers, a former foster child and, at 11, a remarkable philanthropist, has been announced as the winner of the Kraft Foods' Project Cheddar Explosion essay contest for children who are making a positive difference in their community, according to the Dallas Morning News. In this respect, it's no wonder Casey won the honor.
After encountering a homeless man in a parking lot in downtown Dallas three years ago, Casey founded Casey's Heart, a charity aimed at giving aid to the area's homeless. The foundation is a ministry of Trinity Life Baptist Church in Garland, where Casey's father Russell is a senior minister.
Since founding the charity, Casey has taken donations from parishioners, neighbors and fellow Boy Scouts. He makes regular trips to the downtown Dallas parking lot where the idea was sparked three years ago to distribute the donations. It was through his involvement with the charity that Casey was alerted to the Kraft contest, by a Casey's Heart donor.
Aside from his philanthropic efforts, Casey is a Dallas Cowboys fan -- and, beyond that, a fan with a sense of history. He recalls standing under the iconic hole in the roof of the stadium as a 6-year-old.
"I was like, 'I'm standing where Roger Staubach was,'" he said.