MARTINSVILLE, Va. -

Churches in Henry County and Martinsville are banding together to distribute school supplies to children in need.

Volunteers were packing bags Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Martinsville.  The supplies will be distributed this Saturday.  Recipients had to preregister by July 1.

Operation Clothe A Child has been in business for more than 30 years.  Organizers say the demand has grown consistently through the years.  Applications were up 20 percent for this year's program.