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Letter carriers like this woman are trying to change perceptions about the U.S. Postal Service

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Ann Andrzejewski, a real estate broker in Denver, spent her weekend at a Halloween party at a coworker’s house. Andrzejewski, who works as a social worker in a homeless shelter, said the event was an opportunity to have a “bridge party” with a wider range of coworkers, and represent a recent trend — dressed as mail carriers.

“What I’m doing is actually a huge statement about this country right now — this country moving forward together,” Andrzejewski told the Denver Post.

People wearing USPS uniforms have become commonplace in the area, Andrzejewski said.

Last year, she used the costumes in her neighborhood, according to the Daily Mail.

“The thing that’s really great is being able to represent the UPS driver this year, and the U.S. Postal service really makes the world a better place,” Andrzejewski told the newspaper.

Jason Stief, of Long Beach, California, made an identical USPS costume for his nephew, who had earlier secured a position at the agency.

Stief said the idea first popped into his head when his nephew stopped him at a Halloween party and asked if he’d be able to deliver the mail on the day of his promotion.

“In Colorado, we are pretty inundated with all the packages and it’s hard for us to get people to recycle,” Stief told the Long Beach Press Telegram. “In New York City it’s hard to get people to recycle, so I thought it would be neat to celebrate their event as a USPS employee.”

Postal workers have pushed back against the trend. In March, American Postal Workers Union President Cliff Guffey blasted the idea, saying in a press release that “the mockery that surrounds Halloween choices trivializes death, disfigures our profession and demeans the sacrifice of generations of our fellow workers.”

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Andrzejewski also promotes costume plans on a public Facebook group, and organizers say the event has taken off. The dress-up party has been planned in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Boulder, Colorado.

“I love the arts, so I see myself as saying, ‘Hey, we’re going to go through our Halloween costumes and see how we can do the show with them this year,’” Andrzejewski told the Colorado Post.

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