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Greensboro’s ‘lady in the funny hat’ helps the homeless

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GREENSBORO, N.C -- Every Monday morning, bright and early, at the corner of Friendly and Davie streets, there's a crowd. One person stands out.

"This is the chicken hat," laughs Amy Murphy, as she twirls around to show the chicken legs dangling by her ears.

At first glance, her hat may look a little silly. But the hat suits her, really well. Murphy is the chicken lady. She serves chicken, not to "homeless people," but to people she says are now her friends, who just happen to be homeless.

"I felt the need to serve, that there was more to life. I'd never had any interactions dealing with homeless people never, ever before in my life"

Murphy started her chicken lady mission a few years ago after reading a newspaper article about homeless people and felt a calling to help. So, she very nervously went into local restaurants asking if she could have their leftovers.

"That was way outside my comfort zone," she remembers. "I didn't know what to say how to do it, but the owner said OK. I've been picking up their leftover chicken ever since."

Since then, this one woman's desire to give back has turned into so much more. There are more restaurants helping out, more people being fed and far more volunteers.

"It's the most rewarding thing I've ever done. It just feels right. You come to a point where nothing else makes any sense, you just have to go do that which is in your heart."

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