The idea for the Christmas collection, when it started in 1952, was to provide cards and gifts for people in the community who are in need.
At that time the club had been in existence for less than two years and was just beginning to establish its reputation as a charitable service organisation in the town.
Founder members Tom Wakefield and Jim Parks had to drive an open van to Brighton to collect a barrel organ, which was hired at a cost of ten guineas a week.
The proceeds of the collection were used to provide gifts – two hundredweight of coal and two bushels of logs for the elderly.
This year 88 Christmas hampers of food, some purchased and some donated at Harvest Festivals by local schools, will be delivered to those who need a little help during the festive season.
Lions President Lofty Bunyon said: “We are exceedingly grateful for the generosity of the people of Tonbridge for helping us to help others.”