MECHANICVILLE, N.Y. - One week after a pilot program which uses coasters to generate leads in missing person cases was announced, demand is huge.
"Coasters for Hope" began on Thursday in the Capital Region. The program distributes coasters with photos and information about seven local missing persons to restaurants and taverns.
Last week, 5,000 coasters were sent to local businesses to begin the program. However, four days later the program kicked off full implementation of 50,000 coasters.
Program partner Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R, C, I- Glenville) said "The overwhelming demand for the Coaster for Hope is a testament to how many caring and compassionate small businesses owners we have in the Capital Region."
Each drink coaster has a number where people can anonymously call or text a tip to law enforcement about a missing person's case.
The Coasters for Hope are featuring the following Capital Region missing persons:
Suzanne Lyall of Ballston Spa, a 19-year-old UAlbany student missing since 1998
Ashley Carroll, age 24, of Troy, missing since 2010.
Craig Frear, age 17, of Scotia, missing since 2004.
Karen Wilson, age 22, a UAlbany student missing since 1985.
Lutricia Steele, age 27, of Schenectady, missing since 2008.
Peter Lorang, age 29, of Charlton, missing since 2001.
Tammie McCormick, age 14, of Saratoga Springs, missing since 1986.