Trunk Shows that Build Bridges
For Laura Choy, being a Noonday Ambassador isn’t just about making an impact abroad. It’s also about expanding her definition of community. After a year as an Ambassador, Laura realized that most of her Trunk Shows Hostesses were people she already knew well, primarily from her church. And while she loved having the support of her immediate community, Laura wanted to dream bigger. “I wanted to get out of my church walls – for myself and my Noonday business.”
“I began to ask my Hostesses, ‘Who would you invite if you thought outside of your own comfort zone, your own world?’” Laura remembers. “I wanted to see my Trunk Shows start to represent the diversity of the larger Austin community.”
Connection Across Boundaries
When Laura met Tasha Morrison, she could tell right away that Tasha was a bridge-builder, someone who could help women of varied backgrounds find common ground. In Tasha, Laura found a Trunk Show Hostess and friend who shared her passion for world change – and for bringing people together.
“Racial reconciliation is one of my big passions,” Tasha shares. “I believe that so many of the misunderstandings between people of different races are the result of the segregated way we tend to live our lives. The best way to build unity is to build relationships with people who are different from you. To develop bridges that overcome barriers. That’s one of my biggest goals!”
Tasha connected with Noonday’s mission immediately. “I’ve done work fighting human trafficking so I’m all about creating economic opportunities for women and families that make them less vulnerable,” Tasha says. “That was one of the things that grabbed me about Noonday. And these women aren’t just improving their own lives – they’re improving the lives of their children and their entire communities. When you bring opportunity, you bring hope. And when people see hope, they can change the world.”
Widening the Circle
Through Tasha, Laura connected with a diverse group of women who wanted to break down the cultural barriers in their own lives. Each week they gathered to discuss racial reconciliation and learn from one another. As the group gathered to develop a better understanding of these important issues, they also developed new friendships.
Several of Laura’s new friends were excited about the idea of gathering their friends and neighbors for their own Noonday Trunk Shows. “Jewelry is universal – it translates to everyone,” Laura says. “I believe that everyone has a compassionate heart and wants to make a difference. As I got outside of my own church’s walls and the walls of my own ethnicity, I got to put that belief into action.”
Breaking Down Barriers – in Style
A bridge-builder to her core, Tasha has loved helped Laura connect with Hostesses and customers across all kinds of ethnicities, faiths and backgrounds. According to Tasha, what makes Noonday special is the relational nature of the business.
“Trunk Shows help break down barriers,” she says. “Inviting someone into your home is an important step in bridge-building, but it can sometimes feel awkward. Trunk Shows give you an excuse to reach out. It’s harnessing things we all love – feeling stylish and making an impact – to bring people together. And when we come together, we begin to understand each other a little better.”
Be sure to check out Be the Bridge, Tasha’s organization, to learn more about getting involved with the good and hard work of racial reconciliation.
Looking for a way to build bridges in your own community? Hosting a Noonday Trunk Show is a great way to bring people together for style, impact and community.