Awareness is key to increasing minority blood donations

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ILLINOIS (WCIA) — Lawmakers are calling on two ethnic groups to donate more blood.

Members of the House and Senate joined blood centers from around the state at the Capitol to call on African-Americans and Latinos to give more blood.

The groups say the Latinx community makes up 4% of the nation’s overall donations while African-Americans make up only about 1%.

Representative David West (D-Rockford) says awareness will help make up for the lack.

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