Illinois lawmakers are calling on two ethnic groups to donate more blood.
Members of the House and Senate joined blood centers to call on African Americans and Latinos to give blood.
The groups say the Latino community makes up 4% of the nation’s overall donations, while African Americans make up around 1%.
Representative Maurice West (D-Rockford) says spreading awareness can help drive donations.
“The number one reason people don’t donate blood is because they have never been asked,” West said. “Marketing and advertising aren’t as powerful as the encouragement of a friend relative or
coworker to donate blood.”
The groups say blood types O and B are in high demand. Those are the blood types most African Americans and Latinos have.