72-year-old falls delivering Domino’s pizzas & the internet helps her retire


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A South Carolina family felt inspired to help after their Domino’s Pizza driver took a painful tumble while delivering food to their home — so they raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help her retire.

Barbara Gillespie, 72, was walking up the steps of the home in early February when she stumbled and dropped the order. The accident was caught on a security camera.

Gillespie picked a good spot to take a tumble, if there is such a thing: Lacey Klein is an EMT and mother of five, and her husband, Kevin Keighron, is a paramedic and firefighter. They saw Gillespie go down and knew they had to help.

Here’s the video from @momofthe5ks, but be warned: It looks like it hurts.

@momofthe5ks Our dominos delivery driver fell on our front porch today and my heart just hurts for her. She’s clearly having a hard time. She was so worried about our food but all we cared about was that she was okay. I’m so sad for her @dominos #fyp #foryou #foryoupage #dominospizza ♬ original sound – Lacey Keighron

“Watching her fall on our camera playback was horrific, and we were so sad for her that she wasn’t retired at her age but instead was delivering food,” Klein told Newsweek.

At age 72, a fall is a much bigger deal than in a person’s younger years. Bones weaken with age, and hip fractures are common. According to the Centers for Disease Control, falls are the leading cause of injury and injury death in U.S. adults age 65 and older.

Shortly after the incident, Klein created a GoFundMe and uploaded the clip of the fall in hopes of raising money for a really big “tip,” as she called it.

“I thought, even if only a couple people donate, maybe she could take a couple days off to recover and relax,” Klein told Newsweek.

The initial goal was to raise $200,000 — but 15.8 million TikTok views later, they’ve blown past that figure. The family has now collected more than $265,000 to give to Gillespie.

In a second TikTok, the Keighrons and two of their daughters visited Domino’s and filmed Gillespie’s reaction to the gift.

@momofthe5ks Barbara is the internets grandma now!!!!! She gave us permission to post updates on TikTok and is SO appreciative of everyone!! She was so speechless!!! We got her all set up as the beneficiary on gofundme! This has been the most amazing experience, thank you all so much for your help blessing Barbara!!!!! @dominos #dominospizza #for #foryoupage #foryou #dominosgrandma ♬ original sound – Lacey Keighron

In a news clip that Klein posted to her TikTok page, she explains to an interviewer why Gillespie’s fall at work had felt so personal to her. Her father, who died two years ago, had worked right up until he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He ended up spending his brief retirement in chemo treatments.

“Seeing another elderly person working at that age — when do they get to retire?” Klein said. “It just broke my heart, watching her have to work full time.”

And for the record, Gillespie actually did enjoy her job at Domino’s, for more than five years! She praised the staff to Newsweek, saying, “They have been so kind and friendly.”

Gillespie said she’s putting the money toward her retirement fund. She’s also healing well from the scrapes she received during her fall.

“We are so beyond relieved to know that Barbara can now relax,” Klein said. “She can spend all the time she wants with her kids, grandkids, great-grandkids and not have to worry about it.”

She’s not the only senior that TikTok users have helped reach retirement. TikTokers helped two Walmart cashiers bring in enough donations to finally be able to retire.

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4 of the fastest growing jobs for seniors

4 of the fastest growing jobs for seniors

It’s no secret: seniors are working at historic rates. Almost a quarter of seniors are now in the job market, up 18% from 10 years ago, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects this to increase over the next eight years. Relatedly, unemployment for seniors has dropped to an impressive 2.6%, below the national rate of 3.5%.

At SimplyWise, we help seniors maximize their retirement income, and have talked to many of our users about why they choose to work in retirement. The reasons tend to fall into a few categories:

  • Working to delay Social Security: Some seniors work not only to generate short-term income, but also to be able to put off claiming Social Security benefits and thereby maximize the monthly benefit they receive when they do claim.
  • Working after the passing of a spouse: Widows and widowers are sometimes under intense financial pressure. While survivor benefits help, the sudden downward shock in household income can force the surviving spouse to continue working.
  • Working as a divorced spouse: Similar to the case of widows and widowers, some seniors work into retirement due to the financial pressure of a divorce. Many divorcees are eligible for spousal benefits, but for some, income from spousal benefits doesn’t cover all of their financial needs.
  • Working for fulfillment: Many seniors simply feel good and would prefer to stay active and feel useful than to transition swiftly into a more slow-paced retirement. 

So how exactly are seniors extending their careers? We ran the numbers and found four of the fastest growing jobs for seniors in 2019. We also highlighted some current openings.


Counter and rental clerk jobs grew 150% for seniors in 2019.

Clerks receive orders, generally in person, for repairs, rentals and services. It is an ideal fit for people who are personable, organized and outgoing.

How much they get paid: The average hourly wage is around $15, but some make up to $25/hr, depending on experience, industry and location.

Who hires them: The top industries employing counter and rental clerks are: real estate; automotive equipment rental and leasing; and dry cleaning and laundry services.

Open positions currently include:

  • ShopRite
  • Avis Budget
  • Toyota
  • UPS


Administrative services manager jobs grew 100% for seniors in 2019, adding 9,000 jobs.

Administrative services managers plan, direct and coordinate supportive services of an organization. For people who are strong communicators, team players and thrive in deadline-driven environments, this could be an excellent work option.

How much they get paid: On average, administrative services managers make $46/hr or a salary of $96,000, according to the BLS.

Who hires them: The industries offering the most of this job are: healthcare and social assistance; educational services; professional, scientific and technical services; local government; and finance and insurance.

Open positions currently include:

  • Chicago Public Schools
  • Edward Jones
  • Delta


16,000 more seniors became couriers or messengers in 2019, 94% more than in 2018.

Couriers and messengers pick up and deliver messages, documents, packages within or between offices or to other businesses or people. They may do this by foot, car, motorcycle, bike or public transportation. For seniors looking to stay active and avoid the sedentary rhythm of office life, courier and messenger jobs have an extra appeal.

How much they get paid: Couriers and messengers earn roughly $15 per hour, on average.

Who hires them: The five industries that employ the most couriers and messengers are: local messengers and local delivery; medical and diagnostic laboratories; couriers and express delivery services; legal services; and general medical and surgical hospitals.

Open positions currently include:

  • FedEx
  • UCLA
  • Oppenheimer & Co. Inc

In addition, companies like Uber and DoorDash have emerged and are always looking for more help, while providing a greater degree of flexibility in regards to work hours than many traditional employers.


The number of seniors working as non-farm animal caretakers increased by 70% in 2019.

As the name would suggest, nonfarm animal caretakers are responsible for taking care of animals like dogs, cats, fish, birds, mice and even zoo animals. Tasks include feeding, watering, grooming, bathing and exercising the animals. Nonfarm animal caretakers may work in animal shelters, zoos, kennels, circuses and aquariums. For seniors with a passion for their furry friends or fish, becoming an animal caretaker can be an excellent way to make extra money.

How much they get paid: On average, nonfarm animal caretakers take in between $12 and $13 per hour.

Who hires them: Industries with the highest levels of employment of nonfarm animal caretakers include: personal services; professional, scientific and technical services; miscellaneous store retailers, social advocacy organizations; and spectator sports.

Some opportunities currently available include:

  • Texas Biomedical Research Institute
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Children’s Fairyland

Additionally, sites likeRover connect dog owners with dog sitters, and can be a good place to find employment.


While we highlighted four occupations showing significant job growth for seniors, it doesn’t stop there; 640,000 more seniors worked in 2019 than the prior year, and over 60 occupations saw greater than 50% growth in the amount of seniors. Seniors are more capable workers than ever and employers are taking notice, evidenced by historically low unemployment rates for seniors despite a greater number of seniors in the workforce.

This article originally appeared on SimplyWise.com and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.


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