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Red Cross Blood Drive at Johnson Compounding in Waltham

Johnson Compounding and Wellness Center (JCWC) is hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive from 1 to 6 p.m., on Monday, September 9, in Waltham. The blood drive is an annual event at the center. “Summertime is a critical season for Red Cross blood banks, so we make sure to host this every year,” says JCWC coowner Stephen Bernardi.

He adds, “With people on vacation, the donations drop and the supply gets critically low. We all need to work together to make sure the supply is adequate for any emergency.” JCWC, a family-owned business, is an accredited compounding pharmacy that specializes in customizing medications to meet the individualized needs of patients. The wellness center has an extensive selection of high-quality nutritional supplements and homeopathic remedies. Gary Kracoff, a doctor of naturopathic medicine and registered pharmacist at JCWC, offers fee-based individual consultations that integrate holistic and Western medicine, and free wellness lectures are offered monthly at the center.

Location: 577 Main St., Waltham. To make an appointment for the blood drive, call 781-893-3870. For information about donating blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS (733- 2767). For more information, visit