Holidays helping boost the local economy

AMARILLO, Texas - Last-minute Christmas shoppers are more likely to fight crowds, but they are also able to take advantage of final Christmas sales, which help boost the local economy.

Along with Black Friday, Target manager Barry McDonald says the Friday and Saturday before Christmas are some of the busiest shopping days of the year.

"It is definitely busy the day before Christmas and certainly the week coming up to Christmas." McDonald said. "It's probably one of our busiest weeks."

Shopping locally helps provide benefits within cities, too. Experts estimate non-profits receive around 200 percent more support from local businesses. On a national level, small businesses are among the nation's largest employers, supporting them can help fill the gap in unemployment.