The singer teamed up with bosses at U.S. book publishers Bendon, Inc. to make the generous gesture, which marks the largest single donation in the charity's history.

"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," he explains.

"I'm honoured the folks (at) 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 favourites, 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."

Gilbert adds, "They tell me this is one of the largest donations Toys for Tots has ever received. Ben (Ferguson, Bendon CEO) and his team realise the impact we could make in these kids' lives. It's a privilege to make this contribution together."