January 1, 2019
National Blood Donor Month
National Blood Donor Month recognizes the lifesaving contribution blood and platelet donors make to modern healthcare. Blood is traditionally in short supply during the winter months, particularly in January, due to the holidays, travel schedules, inclement weather and illness.
National Braille Literacy Month
Every January, the visually impaired and legally blind, their loved ones, and their advocates celebrate the revolutionary reading system Braille. January was chosen for this celebration because it is the birth month of Louis Braille, the inventor of the system of raised dots.
National Mentoring Month
"Launched in 2002 by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, National Mentoring Month focuses national attention on the need for mentors, as well as how each of us - individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits - can work together to increase the number of mentors to assure positive outcomes for our young people". Visit Mentoring.org for more information.
National Fire Pup Day
This day is used to honor our four legged firefighters. Firehouse dogs, typically Dalmatians, are used more as mascots today. Before automobiles, these dogs would run alongside horse drawn wagons carrying the firefighters and stand guard while they fought to extinguish the inferno.