For 39 years, a man brings the same box filled with chocolate to his Valentine

An Albuquerque man delivers a box of chocolates to his wife -- the 29th year in a row he's used the same box for their Valentine's Day tradition (WTNH Photo)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (ABC/WTNH) — Ron Kramer has been refilling the same candy box with dark chocolates for his wife, Donna, since 1979.

When Ron and Donna began dating, Ron told KOAT that he asked Donna if she would like some chocolates for Valentine’s Day. Donna replied that she liked dark chocolate cremes from Buffet’s Candy Store. They didn’t know it at the time, but that answer triggered a Valentine’s Day tradition that is approaching four decades.

Ron went to Donna’s favorite candy store, Buffet’s, to find those dark chocolate cremes. The staff said that if he saved the box, they would refill it for him the following Valentine’s Day. This year will mark the 39th time Ron has had that box refilled with dark chocolate cremes for Donna.

In recent years, the tradition has taken on an even greater meaning. In 2014, Donna was diagnosed with Dementia. A year later, Ron had to move the love of his life into a nursing home.

“She couldn’t write, she couldn’t speak, she couldn’t go to the restroom, she couldn’t do anything by herself,” Ron told KOAT. “She had to go into a home in August of 2015. And that was probably the saddest day of my life.”

Ron went on to express how important it is to savor every minute you can have with your special someone.

“She’s going to forget – she’s going to forget who I am,” he said. “So enjoy every minute you can have with them while they still remember you.”

Donna told KOAT that she’s a lucky lady, and she knows it.

“I know I am. That’s why I’m going to keep him. He’s a keeper,” she said. “I married him years ago and I love him as much today as I did then.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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