For nearly three decades former Howell resident Kevin Cote has been serving in the US Navy Reserves all over the world. His tours of duty have taken him from as close as Norfolk, VA to his current post that has taken him to the horn of Africa.
Since arriving in Africa in July Commander Cote has spent his time split between Djibouti and Kenya and is looking to help people in Africa with assistance from his home country.
Cote said his goal is to work with local organizations and charities to help collect clothing, shoes and other items that can be shipped overseas to help people in need. "I have been interested in philanthropy work for some time and felt this is a great opportunity to make a difference in other's lives directly," he said.
Having seen what he describes as "extreme poverty in much of East Africa," Cote said the items he is looking for can make a big difference in people's lives. "We can begin to make a difference by putting our resources and talents together one step at a time," he said.
One of his goals while serving in Nairobi is to fund the building of a small home for a couple there. Cote said in the African country a house can be built for less than $5 thousand.
Cote has strong roots to Howell including his two children still living in the town. He is also a former member of and is also a member of the Howell/Jackson Knights of Columbus Council 6201 in Jackson.
Those interested in helping Cote can send items to the address below. Because it is a diplomatic postal address the charge for shipping is only to get the packages to New York. The military will then ship them to Cote.
Items should be sent to:
Unit 8900 Box 162
DPO, AE 09831-0162