Ferdinand, along with his restaurant Rosso, donated the generous amount to the 'Cash for Kids' campaign, which is the official charity of Manchester radio station Key 103.
The 38-year-old father of three said he "couldn't bear" to think about a child having to miss out on receiving a gift on Christmas day.
"As a father myself I couldn't see children going without opening a present this Christmas Day - the work that Cash For Kids at Key 103 do is truly amazing," Ferdinand was quoted as saying by Manchester Evening News.
"We're not looking for a thank you, we're just trying to help people out."
Ferdinand announced the gesture of goodwill on Twitter, before being contacted by Key 103, and also reached out to the city of Manchester to "get involved".
The ex-United defender didn't stop there though, and in the spirit of Christmas he also donated 11,500 sleeping bags to assist Manchester's homeless community.