California teenager works with owl to donate over 41 monitors


When Summerville High School senior Tami Avilla was tasked with choosing a community mission project, she no longer saw her own sister for inspiration. After the heartbreaking loss of her first child, Avilla's sister and her husband were blessed with a second child who was born one month too early and had breathing problems. Their talented Owlet Smart Sock baby screen gave them peace of mind to rest when their children slept. And Avilla was determined to give the same assurance to other parents in need.

She began small, with the goal of committing four Owlet monitors, but that number grew soon, thanks in part to social media. As the word spread, Avilla's society kept behind her when she visited local businesses and received donations. More than 50 local companies contributed to her cause. Avilla even reached out to Owlet which generously matched the donations. All in all, 41 Owlet Smart Sock screens have been donated so far. Each monitor she provides contains a listing that shares which company helped to buy it and that the donation was inspired by her two nephews.

Due to the community's affiliation, Avilla has been able to donate monitors to people in other states in addition to her native California, including Utah, Texas, North Carolina, New York, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania. Avilla says that many of the women she has worked with have struggled with infertility, miscarriage, SIDS, stillbirth, infant loss and / or postpartum anxiety and need a little more peace of mind about their children's well-being.

A woman, who received a monitor through Avilla's project, had undergone much trauma, including her sister and a miscarriage. Her baby should also spend time in the NICU due to respiratory problems, so Owlet helped her get the peace of mind she needed when her baby came home from the hospital.

The Owlet Smart Sock given to another couple helped to inform the child's parents that his oxygen levels were outside the preset range. This gave the parents the information they needed at the right time and they could take their children to the hospital where they discovered he was fighting for a serious respiratory infection. The mother wrote to Avilla and said, "Because we had the monitor, our little boy is still with us, and I couldn't be more grateful for your generosity."

Mrs. Avilla examines high school next month, with plans to attend Columbia College in the fall. She hopes to become a work and delivery nurse, and possibly work in NICU. Due to her sister's experience, Avilla's eyes are now opened, and she is determined to help new parents feel empowered and safe.