If you ask Deputy Lee Sutterfield how many kids she has-- be prepared for the answer, it's 300 kids.
She oversees the Explorers program, a leadership program for kids in the Glades. For years, she has made such an impact on young lives, that many of the kids have grown up to lead productive lives.
"It's a rotating door. They come in, I watch them grow up, they come back they let me know what they are doing in their lives."
It's no surprise the deputy was awarded the Citizen Of The Year Award by the Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce. "This is such an honor and I am truly appreciative."
She also checks up the retirement community, just in case they need something.
The deputy is passing on to others what she learned from her mother and her father who was a pastor.
Deputy Sutterfield said, "He was a very caring and he would see people in need, maybe they didn't have a place to stay, they didn't have food, so our doors were always open."
Helping people of all ages.
"caring, giving back to the community. I want them to know someone cares for them," said the deputy.
The deputy also organizes community outreach for the Explorers to do. They include Back To School supplies and food the needy during the holidays.