Starting today, October 15, you can win money for yourself and others in a variety of ways with U.S. Bank’s “Make it Happen” contest.

The U.S. Bank promotion gives you three ways to enter to win $10,000 — $5,000 for you and $5,000 for your favorite person, organization or charity. You can choose where the second $5,000 goes. If your friend could use some extra money, give it to him or her. If you’ve been wanting to donate to a particular cause but haven’t been able to scrape together any extra money, the “Make it Happen” promo could be what you — and the charity — has been looking for.

You can enter to win in one of three ways:

1. Make Purchases Using Your U.S. Bank Visa Card

If you have a U.S. Bank Visa credit card or check card, just register the card at www.usbank.com/makeithappen or text HAPPEN to 467467. Once you take that quick step, you’ll receive a contest entry every time you make a purchase using the card. Only purchases made before November 15 are eligible. A random drawing will be conducted December 1 to decide the winner of the bonus money.

2. Pen an Essay

You can also become eligible to win the money by submitting an original essay to U.S. Bank. The essay should describe how you would spend the $5,000 on someone in need. This someone could be anyone from a friend to a particular charity. The essay must be original work and not longer than 75 words. The due date for the essay is November 8 and you must have a U.S. Bank Visa credit card or debit card to be eligible.

3. Play “Pick a Purchase”

The third way to win is to visit the U.S. Bank Make it Happen website and play the “Pick a Purchase” game. You can only play once per day. Winners will be selected daily and given gift cards worth $100, $50, or $25.

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  • Jvh2worlds

    I had prostate cancer. I had surgery & radiation. Cancer free as of this date. Fund caner research.

  • Prairiemom3

    My husband and I volunteer at The Flame of Hope which is our local food pantry. The need is great in our area. I would donate money to the Food pantry.

  • J Gerhard

    I would like to see the rancher who lost horses and dogs in that horrific fire benefit

  • Kiplackey

    My sister,Kristi has been fighting cancer since she was a young girl.Since then I have been working hard for the St.Jude Children’s Research Hospital.Every thursday my mother takes Kristi to Barnes Hospital for treatment.Should I win this contest,I would like 5k to go to St.Judes and the other 5k to go to my mom who needs a car badly to keep my sister in treatment.Please help conquer cancer.

  • Kerry Larsen

    I would give mine to the Chamber of Commerce. Due to budget cuts they may not be able to give the scholarships out this year for a two year program and a four year. I see how important a college education is and every child should be able to attend. It saddens me to think this program may be cut. I understand, but its sad.

  • Shelley Martinez

    Through out the United States Teenage Suicide is increasing; I recently lost my 18 year old niece to suicide. Who is ever prepared to lose a loved one so young. A death like this is devastating as it happens so unexpected. If I were chosen for “Make it Happen” I would donate to a Charity that assists with preventing Teenage Suicide.

  • Loridickey

    I am fighting colon cancer and need help with money, to get my tests I need to live, we have no insurance, our jobs did not offer ins. and could not afford private ins., without the tests I need who knows? I would also love to give something to research for the cure for cancer, for all the people in the world going thru this horrible diease to maybe someday be free of knowing what cancer patients know and feelon a daily basis fear,thank you for caring.

  • Upchuggie77

    Grandson 8 year old used up all medical insurance has a spinal cord injury could use this for meds. over counter med. pull ups and doctor appointments until we can find a way to get through this. This could take a big WORRY off of his mom who also has 4 yr old and the childrens father passed away not long ago. I would love to see them win and see them all three with happy smiles . Thanks

  • Erinjruiz

    There are so many needs out there, I wish $5000 could become $5B, to spread to all the services that are lacking funds due to the economy. My first choice would be Gospel Missions, who feed, house and help so many homeless in need.

  • Ora Drone

    the church burn

  • kathy

    I need a car

    • kathy

      fix our home up

  • Stephanie Rini

    My father-n-law was diagnosed with heart disease recently. He is no longer able to physically do his job so he was laid off. I would help him financially.

  • Stephanie Rini

    Steph

  • Tyra Smith

    Hello everyone! I am a mother of two boys,and I have been a Den leader for cubscouts (age eight now) for three wonderful years. Recently I have had to face one of the hardest things anyone could imagine as a parent. A little boy in my group, who I loved so much always and could put a smile on my face passed away from drowning in a public pool. He could swim really well, but slipped off the diving board, he hit his chin and it knocked him out. Some people question God why things happen, I know that I did cause he was such a sweet little angel, but he is gods little angel now and doesnt have to face the hardships in life. I would love to win this money to help this family with funeral cost and try to help them overcome some of their hardship, because I always have them on my mind.It has only been two months now and their faith has kept them going. This little boy touched peoples hearts in many ways, especially mine,and I can still see him running up to me asking when our next meeting was. Our little boys have asked many questions and some we cant answer. I know that I am definately over 75 words but I hope that I some touch readers hearts and could help this family get ahead. ThankYou , and try to enjoy your children everyday….

  • Archerlegolas2000

    At 16 i gave a daugther up for adoption. i got married at 20 and had 4 more children. i have often spoke of her in the last 40 years. So my kids have always thought of her as another sister.
    Well 10/11/10 she found me thru facebook. She called my oldest daughter first. well actually a friend of hers called because she was nervous. My daughter could not believe it. She said weve been looking for you for so long.
    She called me and asked if i was sittin down. I knew right then what she was going to say.Since then we have spoken on the phone alot. My daughters have spoken with her too.
    she wants to come out and meets us. We do not have the finances for that. She also has 4 girls.
    it would be my wish to bring them all out here. thank you so much

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  • Belladkelly

    I would like to win to give to the food pantry here in cave junction oregon–as we have so many who are hungary and being a small town not much to donate–I do pray for all homeless and hungary–thank you

  • Maryrose322

    When I received the U.S.Bank flier in the mail to make it happen, for a second I was thinking that this was all I needed for peace of mind. I read that people need to save their lives with cancer treatment and the people who lost all they had in a fire. I just need 375 dollars for an MRI for my dog with a heart murmur. The rest can go them with my blessing.

  • frankie

    I WOULD GIVE MONEY TO THE APL.AND CATCH UP ON MY MORTAGE PAYMENTS

  • Sondra Anne Meyer

    My mission? Find the words poignant enough to pursuade YOU to vote for me and therefore vanquish hunger for the children in this community. Three Squares is the charity deserving of your kind consideration. They have established Back Packs for Kids and Kid’s Cafe programs. Las Vegas is at 15% unemployment. Families are in desprite need. Children are going hungry, but Three Squares doesn’t just serve food, it serves hope! (Luke 11:9-12) Please Sondra Meyer

  • Shireenmeyer

    My mission? Find the words poignant enough to pursuade YOU to vote for me and therfore vanquish hunger for the children in this community. Three Squares is the charity deserving of your kind consideration. They have established Back Packs for Kids and Kid’s Cafe programs. Las Vegas is at 15% unemployment. Families are in dire need. Children are going hungry, but Three Squares doesn’t just serve food it serves hope! (Luke 11:9-12)

  • Vhorner

    I would enteryour pick a Purchase if I could find it. horner

  • Ntshfrazier

    There are so many domestic violence cases everyday and there many women who have children that suffers from the emotional damage afterwards. I would donate the money to the battered womens shelter to help provide the women with carfare, clothing for them and the children, and education for the children that needs to be in school 2,500 would go towards that. The other 2,500 would go to my mother to help her to be able to purchase her medicationfor her diabetes and high blood prussure. She never knew that her medication would be that expensive however she needs it to live and i love my mother she is my bestfriend till the end and if could do anything to help her god know that i would.

  • naomi

    i would donate the money to right to lifevoices located in joplin. since 1973 there has been four million babies aborted each year! bless the young girls who go to lifevoices for other options whether that to abort something so precious as an unborn child!

  • naomi

    i would love for my favorite charity, ‘right to life’ to receive the five thousand dollars! they do a Godly work with young girls who are thinking about abortion…they give them the option to adopt! since 1973 there has been 55 million babies aborted! i would use my five thousand to buy a good used car….ours is 17 years old and we have no way of replacing it now! the most important is the precious unborn babies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • naomi hutchison

    i would like to give the money to RIGHT TO LIFE and buy a good used car….ours is 17 years old!

  • Tibubble33

    This is the story of a dear friend : Amy is the mother of a 5th grader and a 2nd grader. She is such a wonderful and loving mother, wife and friend. In August 2008, Amy was diagnosed with breast cancer. She then proceeded to have a double mastectomy and have her lymph nodes removed. During this process, it was discovered that Amy carried the Breast Cancer gene. Amy had many setbacks and complications during the following weeks, including a staph infection and cancer positive lymph nodes that needed to be removed, that kept her hospitalized for several days.
    When Amy’s body was strong enough, she began her very difficult and strong treatments of chemotherapy. The chemotherapy lasted 6 months and had promising results. In February 2010, Amy became sick with headaches and nausea. After a visit to her doctor, it was discovered that the cancer had returned and spread to Amy’s brain and lungs. She has taken 3 cycles of a very strong chemo and radiation with positive results. But, about two weeks ago, Amy’s routine scan showed the cancer had spread again in her brain. (2 more spots had developed).
    They are such a humble and loving family. It breaks my heart to see them going through all of this. It has been two very long years that Amy has been battling this disease. The one thing that Amy has asked for is that her children’s lives remain as “normal” as possible through all this. If I won this money, I would use it to be sure that her children would be able to continue to attend the only school they have ever been in and stay together with all their close friends.

  • Laura

    This is the story of a dear friend: Amy is the mother of a 5th grader and a 2nd grader. Amy is such a wonderful and loving mother, wife and friend. In August 2008, Amy was diagnosed with breast cancer. She then proceeded to have a double mastectomy and have her lymph nodes removed. During this process, it was discovered that Amy carried the Breast Cancer gene. Amy had many setbacks and complications during the following weeks, including a staph infection and cancer positive lymph nodes that needed to be removed, that kept her hospitalized for several days.
    When Amy’s body was strong enough, she began her very difficult and strong treatments of chemotherapy. The chemotherapy lasted 6 months and had promising results. In February 2010, Amy became sick with headaches and nausea. After a visit to her doctor, it was discovered that the cancer had returned and spread to Amy’s brain and lungs. She has taken 3 cycles of a very strong chemo and radiation with positive results. But, about two weeks ago, Amy’s routine scan showed the cancer had spread again in her brain. (2 more spots had developed).
    They are such a humble and loving family. It breaks my heart to see them going through all of this. It has been two very long years that Amy has been battling this disease. The one thing Amy has wanted through all of this is for her children’s lives to remain as “normal” as possible. If I were to win this money, it would be used to assure her that her children would be able to stay at the only school they have ever attended. They would not have to leave the friends and “family” that they have there.

  • Feliciamays

    The first thing i would do is to give GODS his;Then i would help my DAD,and mom.My dad is the in the hospital.He had to have brain surgery to stop the bleeding from his brain right now he’s doing good now ,but the doctors is keeping an eye on him,cause his blood pressure seem not to wanna go down,He had a stroke too,but my dad is doing fine now.

  • In spring of 2010 my Greatgranddaughter was diagnosed with RETT SYNDROME. It is an affliction that leaves the SILENT ANGELS totally dependend for every need in their lives. Her mother is my oldest grandchild.20 yrs old employed full time and a student. And a single parent. I would love for her to recieve the Happen Gift to design the proper type walker for her baby and a Mommy day for her. The Average walker runs about $3,000.00. The rest should go to the International Rett Syndrome Foundation

  • Sabina Gomez Nateras

    My brother in law was diagnosed with poliomyelitis when he was a child. Since he came from a low income family, he could not afford treatment, so his condition worsen and he was paralyzed from waist down. His everyday life has been complicated, because he can not afford a wheelchair or handicap ramps. He is currently unemployed and still living with his now elderly parents. Moreover, they do not have an income source to survive. Therefore, if I win the contest I will help him with his surgeries and treatment.

  • Deborah Claybrooks

    I have been a very satisfied customer with U.S. Bank for 37 years and have appreciated the courteous service received throughout the years. I would like to help my church who also does their banking with U.S. where i have been a long time member. We recently builed a new edivice and winning the Make it Happen would be a blessing toward the church finances. Thank you for this opportunity.

  • Georganna46

    parkinsons my pastot has parkinsons here in carson city nvhe is a pastor of good shephrd church been fight it for over years are 2 he good day bad we all love i hope they can find a somrthing for aall parkinons people i think mikeyj fox has it to

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