The RAD Card is a mobile gift card app that automatically doubles people's money up to $100 as part of COVID-relief funding in Stanislaus County.

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Dec. 13—Everyone could use a little free money this time of year. And now the RAD Card is going to give Stanislaus County residents even more just in time for the holidays.

The mobile app, which stands for Relief Across Downtown, is getting another $1 million boost from Stanislaus County's allocation of CARES Act federal funding for COVID-19 relief. That money will then be used to double users money, up to $100, for purchases made at local restaurants, retail shops and more.

The RAD Card has been available since August, when the Downtown Modesto Partnership launched the gift card app as an easy and contactless way to help local restaurants survive during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The app is free to download for anyone with a smartphone from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

The first release this summer was funded by private donor dollars, and also allowed users to receive up to a $100 match.

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