On a frigid November day three years ago, Jen Hamel was running downtown when she saw a homeless man shivering against the cold, trying to warm his hands against a heat vent. Hamel, training for a marathon at the time, recognized the man. She would often spot him sleeping on a bench outside the Shaw Conference Centre. He had no mitts. "It was really sad. No matter what your situation is, we're all people," Hamel said in an interview with CBC Edmonton's Radio Active. "We've had rough times, but we're lucky enough to have a warm house, coats, cars — whereas this man had none of that. It just really sparked an interest to help him and others like him."