Alabama corps earns entry in Guinness record book

The Salvation Army of Greater Birmingham, Alabama, made history and set a record for the “Largest Human Shield,” with a total of 394 participants that got the corps into the Guinness Book of World Records. The event was held Friday, Nov. 16, to commemorate the launch of the Angel Tree and Red Kettle season. Participants wore red hooded sweatshirts to stand together in the formation of The Salvation Army’s iconic Red Shield.

An official adjudicator was on site to judge the attempt, make the official announcement and welcome The Salvation Army into the Guinness Book of World Records family. The previous record, with 318 participants, was achieved in 2015 by Nuffield Health in the United Kingdom.

All participants received a free hooded sweatshirt, which was worn during the official attempt. Attendees enjoyed hot chocolate, cookies, popcorn, a bounce house and a chance to be a part of a record-setting achievement.

“It was amazing to bring the community together for such a fun event and to ‘Be A Shield’ together, make history, and celebrate the launch of the Angel Tree and Red Kettle season for The Salvation Army of Greater Birmingham,” said Major Roger Glick, Birmingham area commander.

“The community and our Christmas partners always come through in a big way for those in need during the holiday season. This is a unique and special way for us to literally join together, as a shield, and celebrate this season of giving.”