Birmingham Salvation Army Attempts to Break Guinness Book of World Records for Largest Human Shield

To raise awareness for the Angel Tree Program & Red Kettle Season

Birmingham Salvation Army Attempts to Break Guinness Book of World Records for Largest Human Shield
(Source: Birmingham Salvation Army)

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The Salvation Army of Greater Birmingham will attempt to set a record for the “Largest Human Shield” in celebration of the Angel Tree and Red Kettle season.

An official judge from the Guinness Book of World Records® will be on site to judge the attempt and make an official announcement. The event will take place on the UAB Campus Green. Registration will begin at 5:00 p.m. with the official formation and attempt taking place at 6:30 p.m. Participants can pre-register at

This event is free and open to the public. People of all ages are invited to attend and help make history by setting the world record. The current record is 318 people and the Salvation Army hopes to break that record with over 400 participants. To do this, we need our friends in the community to join us to ‘Be A Shield’ for The Salvation Army.

All participants will receive a free hooded sweatshirt, which must be worn during the official attempt. Attendees will enjoy hot chocolate, cookies, popcorn, a bounce house and a chance to be a part of an official Guinness World Records® achievement.

“We are so excited to bring the community together for such a fun event. We will get a chance to ‘Be A Shield’ together, make history, and celebrate the launch of the Angel Tree & 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 time of year.”

When: Friday, November 16, 2018

5:00 p.m. – Registration Begins

6:30 p.m. – Shield Formation and Official Record Attempt Begins

Where: UAB Campus Green (Located just off University Boulevard between 14th and 16th Street South)

(Source: Birmingham Salvation Army)

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