This is part of a genre of news story that normalizes tragedy, papering over economic flaws and pathetic gaps in social services by looking up "inspiring" in the thesaurus. Here's a "feel-good story" about the internet raising $128,000 for a homeless man ... after a "YouTube prankster star" (which is the job title you have when you really want to get Satan's attention) gave him 100 bucks under the mistaken assumption that he would spend it on liquor. (What a hilarious prank!) Here's a man who paid off $85,000 of school and vehicle debt by living in an RV for years. He got his budget down to $400 a month by, among other things, not running his heater when temperatures hit -40. This was presented as an inspiring story of economizing that's now given him the freedom to do whatever he wants, like travel and maybe not freeze to death. Perhaps you too can pay off your debt, assuming you have no dependents and don't mind torpedoing your quality of life!
Behold a 15-year-old Puerto Rican raising money for solar lamps for his community while his family was still being forced to heavily ration food in the wake of Hurricane Maria, an eight-year-old using his meme fame to raise $90,000 for his father's kidney transplant, an 11-year-old working to save for college, a 19-year-old raising her two younger siblings, a 19-year-old whose co-workers bought him a used car so he doesn't have to walk ten miles a day while working to support his siblings and sick mom, a single mom who worked three jobs until she somehow managed to write a bestseller, and "5 Inspiring People Who Each Paid Off Over $100,000 in Debt." Their inspiring methods included not eating at a restaurant for 2.5 years, not celebrating holidays, and averaging "117 hours a week of billable time for eight months." There was no "5 Horrible Ways Exploitative and Predatory Systems Allowed People To Each Accumulate $100,000 In Debt" companion piece.