By Kate Ward
Updated December 27, 2011 at 05:19 PM EST

Danny Gokey is set to wed again, three years after losing his wife following heart surgery. The American Idol third-place finisher is engaged to Leyicet Peralta, People reports via Sophia’s Heart, the website for a charity dedicated to Gokey’s late wife. According to the website, Gokey and Peralta will marry next month. “He is thrilled to have found Leyicet who also shares his passion and desire to help children and families in need,” the site reads.

Gokey and Peralta issued a statement as well: “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. We love and appreciate you all.”

The couple is requested that wedding gifts be in the form of a donation to Sophia’s Heart; Gokey spoke often about his late wife while a contestant on season 8 of American Idol.