The Windsor branch of the Salvation Army has increased its fundraising goal for this year’s Christmas Kettle Campaign.

The goal for this year’s campaign is $315,000.

A total of $304,000 was raised last year, surpassing the previous goal of $270,000.

“Your contribution to the Kettle Campaign will assist thousands in our community,” says Major Paul Rideout, Director of Community & Family Services. “No family or child should go without on Christmas and throughout the year.”

About 18,208 people received assistance from the Salvation Army Food Bank in 2016 and 1,500 children received toys during the Christmas season.

Public Relations Manager Shannon Wise encourages people in need to step forward.

"Don't wait to ask for help," says Wise. "The Salvation Army is here for you."

The keynote speaker for the Salvation Army's 3rd annual "Hope in the City" luncheon on Monday was former Detroit Lions NFL quarterback Eric Hipple.

He shared a story about his battle with depression and his son's death from suicide to help others understand the issues around mental health.

Hipple, 60, has overcome those tragedies and serves as an outreach specialist for Eisenhower Center's "After the Impact" program, a treatment facility assisting military veterans and former athletes.