December 28th, 2011
09:05 AM ET
"Idol" alum Danny Gokey is ready to get hitched again, and he's looking to do it soon.
On the website for his Sophia's Heart foundation, the country singer announced on Christmas Day that he's engaged to girlfriend Leyicet Peralta, and the couple plans to get married in late January.
The 31-year-old season 8 "Idol" competitor lost his first wife, Sophia, three years ago from complications during a heart surgery, The Boot reports.
Gokey told The Boot at the grand opening of the Nashville Sophia's Heart facility that their vision is to include "programs to house and restore the lives of the economically challenged and families that have been displaced from their homes due to unfortunate circumstances...Our goal is not to just provide them housing, but give them programs that help them to return as a viable part of their community."
As a result, Gokey and Peralta are asking for their wedding gifts to come in the form of donations to Sophia's Heart.
"Danny's passion for the last three years has been his country music career and launching the Sophia's Heart Foundation," the post on the foundation's website reads. "He is thrilled to have found Leyicet, who also shares his passion and desire to help children and families in need."
The couple add in a statement, "We are thankful for so many of the blessings God has given us. It is our desire to see homeless children and families be kept together and lifted back on their feet through the help of Sophia's Heart."
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