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Did your boss pick you up today?

Don Ravella in his store

Don Ravella in his store Photo Credit: Daniel Goodrich

We hear about employees’ heroic attempts to get in to the office on messy, snowy mornings. But just how many employers take the extra step to help them get to work?

Don Ravella, owner of the Garage Eatery, a gourmet deli and caterer in Islandia, is one. Late yesterday he said he had a game plan for this morning to get rides for an order taker who lives in Kings Park and two catering office staff from Islip and Patchogue.

Ravella said he taps members of his 12-person part-time delivery staff – one an ex-Marine in his early 80s – to venture out in their four-wheel drive vehicles to pick up the reluctant drivers.

Why the push? On a typical day, Ravella says he might make 60 to 70 breakfast and lunch deliveries. On a snow day – as many as 130, so he needs a full-staff of order takers and catering staff. Business spikes, he says, with many companies in his area “springing for lunch” for employees who make the effort to show up. Plenty of times, he says, he’s had bosses call to say, “I’m buying lunch for the whole staff. Give me 20 pizza pies.”

Ravella reports this morning that everything went as planned. And, as expected, he’s getting those calls from bosses, with one buying sandwiches for 45, another chili for 210.

So, how about your boss? How much support do you get on miserable snow days? Let us know by e-mailing patricia.kitchen@newsday.com.

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