Frequently Asked Questions


Do donated toys have to be new?

We prefer that all toys be new in the box. Most of our kids have never had much of a Christmas and we want them to have the best experience.

Can my company sponsor the Toy Run?

We do not have sponsors, only donors. We invite any and all corporate donations and we will be glad to allow your company to advertise at our events but we do not allow sponsorship as such.

Who runs the Toy Run charity?

The original founders are Jerry Karnes and Andrew Coker. Jerry remains the primary owner of the 501(c)(3) and our Board of Directors are Blaise Moy, Cassandra Karnes and Andrew Coker. Our Logistics Chair is run by Jason and Wendy Fry. 

Where do people stay in Port O'Connor

Host hotel is The Inn At Clark's. They have slips available at the hotel. Their number is (361)983-2300. Other nearby hotels include the American Inn & Suites at (361)983-2606 and Poco Loco Lodge at (361)983-0300. There are also many condo and house rentals available, just check Google.


  • 2:30 - 3:00  Arrive by boats at the POC little jetties
  • 3:00  Parade down the ICW to let the town know we are there
  • Pull up to The Inn At Clark's to offload all toys
  • Enjoy free BBQ or Tex-Mex provided by Ladies Club
  • Decorate boat for the Lighted Boat Parade
  • Lighted Boat Parade starts just after dark. USCG leads the parade.
  • Party and parade awards at Hurricane Junction Bar & Grill.

Return from POC

Most boaters return the following morning but this is strictly your call. Boaters generally leave POC in small groups starting around 0900 Sunday morning.

Can't find the answer?

Just give us a call. We are always happy to answer your questions. Toys, travel, lodging, schedule....whatever.  Call Jerry at (281)684-1117 or email at