Brantley Gilbert is giving Santa Claus a run for his money this year. The charitable country star just gave Toys for Tots their largest donation in history.
Gilbert and children’s product manufacturer Bendon, Inc. teamed up to provide the organization with a check for $10.5 million, just in time for the holidays.
“Growing up in rural Georgia, I know that sometimes Christmas isn’t a time of joy for some kids and our contribution might be all they receive this year so I really wanted our donation to matter,” Gilbert said in a statement. “I’m honored the folks and Bendon understood why I wanted to work with them and Toys for Tots. Bendon’s books have some pretty cool heroes and lessons for all ages like Batman, Superman and Clifford the Big Red Dog to Disney, Peanuts and some of my favorites, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. Whether a kid is into Barbie or Star Wars, I hope we’ve given a bit of fun and inspiration.”
The record-breaking donation will likely impact thousands of needy children this holiday season. Gilbert says he’s just happy that he could help.
“They tell me this is one of the largest donations Toys for Tots has ever received. Ben and his team realize the impact we could make is these kids’ lives,” Gilbert says. “It’s a privilege to make this contribution together.”