"We're so far away. You feel kind of helpless in the cause," said Eyad Al-Kopri, with the N.C. State Muslim Students' Association. "I just felt like we had to come together. It was important to do."
The crisis in Syria comes at the start of the academic year, and members of N.C. State's Muslim Students' Association have been banding together and finding support in one another.
Syria is a country accused of terrorizing its own people and launching chemical attacks killing hundreds.
"We can't fathom it. I don't think none of us, living in America," said Al-Kopri. "We're safe where over there it's way different there."
Al-Kopri says right now it is just hard to relate to what's happening overseas and his heart is breaking for those suffering. Still, he and dozens of other students held a demonstration earlier this week about the crisis and are considering another one.
"We have an obligation, you know, to let people know of the struggle and really just helped out in any way that we can," said Al-Kopri.
The Islamic Association of Raleigh is welcoming donations to help the people of Syria.
In a statement to ABC11, the group said, "The Islamic Association of Raleigh is very concerned about the humanitarian crisis that has developed over the last two years in Syria. Many of the members of our organization have been directly affected by the crisis. Our organization strives to help people in need anywhere in the world, and we have extended these efforts to the people in Syria in the form of donations and public awareness. We welcome contributions from the broader community to help with these efforts. We hope to see a resolution to the crisis and will support any effort to end the violence and destruction in Syria."