When the earthquake hit Nicaragua in December 1972, Roberto managed to make contact with a man in Managua to take stock of the damages and what was needed in the country. They needed everything, of course. The next week was spent making announcements and organizing collections of aid supplies from all over the island.
He made a guest appearance on a popular game show with the great singer and future senator Ruth Fernandez, commending the island’s youth for their help and asking for further donations. One of the collection centers was Hiram Bithorn Stadium, where he played often as a youngster. They collected several tons of supplies and more than $100,000 for the effort.