Philadelphia launches 'Text to Give' to curb panhandling

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Philadelphia launches 'Text to Give' to curb panhandling. Monica Malpass reports during Action News at 5pm on June 12, 2017. (WPVI)

The City of Philadelphia is encouraging people to stop giving panhandlers money.

They're worried it is fueling the opioid epidemic.

Instead, the city has come up with another way to help out: the "Text to Give" campaign.

You can text a donation which will go homeless service programs in the city.

Just text the word "Share" to 800-77 and you will be asked if you want to donate five dollars to the mayor's fund to end homelessness.

"We will match it and we will put that money into programs that work," said Director of Homeless Services Liz Hersh.

Donations will go towards housing, jobs and services.

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