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'Made in America' movement challenges Americans to buy from the USA

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The National Retail Federation estimates Americans will spend more than $586 billion this year on holiday gifts and goodies; that is more than $750 per shopper. 

Economists say that if Christmas shoppers spent about $65 dollars on American made products, we would create hundreds of thousands of jobs. 

This holiday shopping season, in conjunction with ABC News and Diane Sawyer, KLTV is joining the "Made in America" movement. 

Back in the 1960's, nine out of every 10 products were made in America. 

Today, the National Retail Federation said more than half of what we buy for the holidays is foreign made. 

Nelda Parks bought a few stocking stuffers for her grandchildren. One of those presents was crayons.

"They're not made in the USA, I'm sure," Parks said. 

She was surprised to find out that the packaging was made in Mexico, but the crayons came from the USA. 

Melinda Oquinn was also shopping for her grandchildren. The toy she purchased for her grandson was made in China. 

"No, it's not at all surprising," she said as she searched her bags for something made in America. 

She ended up having some luck. 

"Look at that!" she said excitedly as she pulled out her wrapping paper, which was made in the USA. 

Caitrin Hanna did some shopping for her daughter and niece. She searched all of her bags, hoping to find something made in America. 

Finally, she pulled out the game Sorry, which was made in the USA. 

She said she wasn't surprised to find only one American made product in her basket. 

Aimee Stanfield purchased a few Christmas gifts and items for her four-year-old son. Her son's backpack was made overseas, as were the Christmas decorations she purchased. However, she did find some candy and bath products that were made in America. 

Stanfield said she expected those products to have been made in China. 

Americans spent $2.5 billion dollars on toys made in China last Christmas alone. 

Economists tells ABC News if we all spent just $64 on American made products, we could create 200,000 American jobs. 

"I need to pay more attention to that because we do need to get Americans back to work," Parks said. 

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