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National Mentor Month and National Blood Donor Month

National Mentoring Month

HOW TO OBSERVE
Look into a mentor program to see how it can benefit you – and how you can benefit it – and use #NationalMentoringMonth to post on social media. If you want to become an active advocate, click here for more details on what you can do to better your community this month.

HISTORY
The Harvard School of Public Health and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership founded National Mentoring Month in 2002.

National Blood Donor Month

HOW TO OBSERVE
Give blood. Don’t wait for a disaster. Someone needs blood now! Contact the American Red Cross or your local blood bank for more information. Use #NationalBloodDonorMonth and #GiveBlood to share on social media. Here are some of the biggest reasons giving blood is so important.

  1. About 36,000 units of red blood cells and 7,000 units of platelets are needed every single day in the U.S.

  2. The most requested blood type by hospitals is type O. This kind of blood can be transfused to patients of all blood types, so it’s always in great demand and very short supply. Only 7% of people in the U.S. have type O.

  3. A single car accident victim may need up to 100 pints of blood to survive.

  4. About 6.8 million people donate blood every year in the U.S.

  5. 38% of our population is eligible to donate, but less than 10% actually do.

  6. Donating blood is a simple, safe process. All you have to do is register, take a mini medical history test, donate, and then accept free refreshments like water, Gatorade, granola bars, etc.

  7. A single donation from a single patient can help more than one person.

HISTORY
President Richard Nixon proclaimed January as National Blood Donor Month for the first time on December 31, 1969, as requested by Senate Joint Resolution 154.