Although Brantley Gilbert is known for his hardcore demeanor, the country rock singer has a undeniably soft side. As someone who understands and cares about how hard and strenuous Christmas and buying presents can be for some families, Brantley has teamed up with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and child activity creator Bendon, Inc. to make an astonishing donation of $10.5 million.
“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. I’m honored the folks and Bendon understood why I wanted to work with them and Toys for Tots,” Brantley said in a press release. “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 holiday’s 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, than that’s a success,” said Bendon CEO Ben Ferguson. “We can not be more excited to partner with Brantley Gilbert on this donation. Brantley clearly supports and honors our Military and his generosity and charitable work prompted me to align Bendon’s donation with him to The Marine Toys For Tots foundation.”
Over the years, Marine Toys for Tots has had numerous celebrities support and help them raise money, but Brantley’s donation is said to be one of the largest they’ve ever received.
“They tell me this is one of the largest donations Toys for Tots has ever received,” Brantley said. “Ben and his team realize the impact we could make is these kids’ lives. It’s a privilege to make this contribution together.”
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