08/23/2011 09:37 am ET | Updated Oct 24, 2011

North Carolina Mom Donates Shoes To 700 Students In Murdered Son's Memory (VIDEO)

Though Lynn Alderman can no longer buy her murdered son the sneakers he loved, she’s helped 700 local kids get the shoes they need to go back to school, reports.

Alderman teamed up with Samaritan’s Feet and Office Depot to equip needy North Carolina kids with backpacks and sneakers for the new school year. She decided to organize the drive in memory of her son who was murdered in 2008.

“Joey loved athletic shoes,” Alderman told the network. “So when the opportunity came about to team up with Samaritan's feet, it just seemed like a perfect fit.”

This charity effort is part of a national initiative to give away shoes to 40,000 students across the U.S.