Massachusetts city tells public to stop enabling panhandlers

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A city in Massachusetts is asking residents and visitors to stop giving money to panhandlers.

Lowell City Manager Kevin Murphy tells The Lowell Sun ( "it's better to donate to organizations that deal with these issues rather than give to panhandlers and enabling them."

The plan has been devised by a task force that includes city officials and community agencies.

The move follows an effort by the city to outlaw panhandling last year. A judge blocked that plan following a challenge by the American Civil Liberties Union.