The Founder: Hi 👋🏽 I am Melanie Oates (Instagram: @melanieoates_), the face behind HFAR Apparel! I am from Maryland and a single-mom to twins who both have medical conditions. My son is autistic and my daughter has a rare genetic disorder that leaves her severely delayed with Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy (seizures) and a list of other chronic conditions. In 2020, I had to leave my corporate job because my daughters health was starting to decline. I started HFAR Apparel as our family business to be a legacy for my children because they helped me find my purpose in life. Aside from being their mother, I am now a full-time entrepreneur sharing my journey through philanthropy, disability advocacy and motivational speaking.
Our Mission & Name: Every design has been curated to uplift and inspire the Purpose Driven Go-Getter! No matter what your goal or situation is, we want to remind you that you have purpose and that you are here for a reason. BTW, that is what "HFAR" stands for...Here for a Reason ❤
Our Social Impact: In 2019, I turned my pain as a special needs mom into purpose and founded a nonprofit organization (Here For A Reason, Inc.) for special needs families where we pay for their rent, utilities and other out of pocket medical expenses. I believe every business has a philanthropic duty to give back and help the community. 10% of all sales are donated to Here For A Reason, Inc. to help reduce the additional $18K that it costs per year for families with a disabled member. Every order that is placed is making an impact in these families lives and I sincerely thank you for your support!
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