Brantley Gilbert Donates $10.5 Million to Toys for Tots


Country star Brantley Gilbert and publishing company Bendon got in the holiday spirit by teaming up to donate $10.5 million to the Marine-run nonprofit Toys for Tots, the Boot reported. The donation is allegedly one of largest single donations to the organization, Gilbert said a press release, according to All Access Music Group.

"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 press release, All Access Music Group reported, adding that giving back during the holidays is what makes his work worthwhile.


Bendon CEO Ben Ferguson agreed in the statement, calling the holidays a tough time for many families and saying that he was inspired by Gilbert's constant support to the military and their families. 

Gilbert's 2015 track "One Hell of an Amen" is dedicated to a service member who lost his friend to a bombing and wasn't the same upon returning home, according to Taste of Country. The song was his fourth No. 1, according to the Boot.

After the holidays, Gilbert will start his 2016 Black Out Tour, which starts in January and runs until April, Entertainment Weekly reported.