1 of 5 | Brantley Gilbert and wife Amber Cochran at the Country Music Association Awards on Nov. 4. The singer recently donated $10.5 million to Toys for Tots. File Photo by John Sommers II/UPI | License Photo
NASHVILLE, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Brantley Gilbert recently gave $10.5 million to the Toys for Tots Foundation.
The 30-year-old country star partnered with Bendon, Inc., a children's product manufacturer, to help the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve-run non-profit provide toys for kids whose parents can't afford gifts.
"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. "Whether a kid is into Barbie or Star Wars, I hope we've given a bit of fun and inspiration."
"The holidays are a tough period of time for many families, and if we are able to bring a little happiness to a child with a gift which they may not have been otherwise given, then that's a success," Bendon CEO Ben Ferguson added. "We can not be more excited to partner with Brantley Gilbert on this donation."
Gilbert and Bendon's contribution is reportedly the largest single donation in Toys for Tots' history. The singer is also known for supporting veterans' charities, including the Wounded Warriors Rolling Odyssey program and Folds of Honor.
Gilbert last released Just As I Am in May 2014, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and includes the singles "Bottoms Up" and "One Hell of an Amen." The singer will kick off his Blackout tour Jan. 28 in Saginaw, Mich.