Kolowski's son, Brian, is in the Army, and has served one stint in Afghanistan and another in Korea. Hardy's son, Ryan Schultz, spent a year with the Army in Iraq. Both are now in stateside posts, at least for the time being.
Lewis' son, James, on the other hand, ships out for Iraq this month. The three women were among the dozens who turned out at the Antioch Blue Star Moms garage sale last weekend, to help raise money for postage for packages to the troops.
"We had a really good turnout," said Blue Star Mom Debbie Badal, the event organizer. "We raised just under $1,000."
Not everyone who came to the sale bought something. Some dropped off donations - the items left over will be rolled out for the next sale in about six months. Others simply came to give.
"We had one lady drive up and just hand us $100 out her window," said Blue Star Mom Susan Tonjes.
Marilyn Nichols bought a set of sturdy chairs for a friend, and marveled at the effort of those putting on the event and sending the packages.
"Look at all these people, even the kids, just pitching in, loading people's cars, doing anything they can to help," she said. "With everything they're enduring over there, this is wonderful. We just have to support our troops."