A family makes a difference in the life of a 72-year-old pizza delivery driver who slips and falls while delivering their food.

Over $250,000 has been raised by a family for a pizza delivery driver who fell and was injured while delivering their food. The incident was captured on the family’s home security video, which went viral on TikTok with over 3 million views. The homeowner, Kevin Kreighton, discovered 72-year-old Barbara Gillespie on security video struggling to get up after a fall and apologizing for dropping the food.

Kreighton and his wife, Lacey Klein, rushed to the woman’s aid and assured her that everything was fine. “I open the door, and there she is, lying on the ground, trying to get up,” Kreighton explained. “She was more concerned about the food than anything else, and I was like, ‘I don’t care about the food. ‘I’m concerned about you.'” Barbara received a “extra tip” thanks to the couple’s GoFundMe campaign. Over 14,000 people contributed, leaving the elderly woman with more than $250,000.

Security video footage shows Kevin helping Barbara to get up.

“We planned to get her a bigger tip and bring it to her. “We had no idea we’d get as much as we did,” Klein said. “We were just so thrilled to be able to tell her the following day.” Barbara stated that she had been working for Domino’s for five and a half years and had not expected such generosity from strangers. Domino’s is grateful for the good fortune bestowed upon one of its employees. Barbara was named the company’s Team Member of the Year for 2022.

She is also a customer favorite because she is always cheerful and smiling. While the community’s generosity to Barbara is admirable, what was captured on security video also raised concerns about elderly workers. Many people who have reached retirement age continue to work in various settings. Barbara is overwhelmed by the generosity of strangers. She informed ABC News of her retirement plans on February 8, and she gave Domino’s two weeks’ notice the same day.

Barbara and Lacey hugging each other.

“Let’s show her some kindness and take off some of this burden that our economy is causing the older generations especially,” Kleins says of Barbara’s GoFundMe page. The couple stated that they both witnessed their fathers working hard until their deaths. Barbara is now considered a family member, and they do not want her to end up like their fathers. “We want her to retire right now,” Klein stated.

“Stop working and spend time with her grandchildren, children, and great-great-grandchildren. Go on a cruise, take a vacation, whatever she wants, but don’t do anything that is physically harmful to her.” Several successful retirement-related initiatives have been launched in recent months. A TikTok video featuring an 82-year-old Walmart employee, for example, went viral, and strangers donated nearly $133,000.

Lacey, Barbara, Kevin, and Barbara's colleague smiling on a photo.

According to “GMA,” there have been a lot of fundraisers recently to help people save money for retirement. “By starting fundraisers to help people reach their well-deserved retirement,” GoFundMe stated, adding that they are humbled by the kindness, empathy, and generosity shown by so many in their community during this time. “We wish Barbara the best in her retirement,” said the statement.

Over the last three decades, Americans have put off retirement. According to a Gallup poll from 2022, the median retirement age in 1991 was 57; by 2022, it had risen to 61. Non-retirees’ target retirement age increased from 60 in 1995 to 66 in 2022. According to the Office of Disability Employment Policy, this trend is due to a “confluence of factors” that keep more people of retirement age in the labor force.

Kevin, Barbara, and Lacey at Domino's office.

“The economic downturn, shifting retirement perceptions, increased workplace flexibility, and the aging of the ‘baby boom’ generation are all contributing to people working longer,” according to the US Department of Labor. Meanwhile, according to their website, organizations such as the AARP Foundation provide services and assistance to older people, particularly those who are low-income, to help them obtain necessities such as suitable employment, eligibility for benefits, important refunds, and maintaining social connections.

82-year-old Walmart employee, Butch.

According to Mindy Feldbaum, vice president of the AARP Foundation, Return to Work 50+, Work for Yourself at 50+, and the Senior Community Service Employment Program are just a few of the foundation’s employment-related initiatives that have seen an increase in demand. Consider how a security video could impact someone else’s life. Check out their video below.

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